The director, choreographer, painter,
the magician poet of the image… …Dimitris Papaioannou proposes to us
a transparent, plain Ceremony… …like the Greek civilization
which is celebrating. He suggests to us, along
with our memories… …to journey into the dream. A journey back in time
which defines the present… …and determines the future. He asks us to experience
our civilization again. Classic, modern, its symbols
and values that once taught… …are still teaching, influenced and
still influence humanity. As Melina Merkouri once said… “Our civilization is the greatest
and precious value.” Race. The first and only sports event in the
first 13 Olympiads in Ancient times… …which were named after the
speed race winner… …which was 1 stadium long. Citizens of the world, welcome
to Athens celebration. Speed race, heartbeats.
Universe breath… …source and sandglass of life,
measurement of time. Heartbeats… A precious ring… A link between all human beings
all over the world. Heartbeats and Stavros Xarchakos’
zeimbekiko… played by four hundred drummers
and bouzoukis. Zeimbekiko from “Zeus”,
a symbol of spirit… …and bekos (mouthful, altar-bread).
Corruption of Bacchus… …the god Dionysus,
god of the sacred drunkenness. A dance striking a balance
between the matter and the spirit… …transmuting both into ecstasy. A male dance, an inner dance,… …like the Greeks’ struggle
in their long history. Three thousand years ago. Ancient Olympia. The first athlete ran. A fascinating journey like a flash
takes us in Ancient Olympia. Ancient Olympia, Olympic stadium.
A dialogue of yesterday with today. Petros Koulchas, Nikos Chatzisavidis. A comet flame lights the
five Olympic rings… …in an endless blue sea,
mother and source of life. Fire, a symbol of sanctity,
of the soul and spirit. A symbol of knowledge, a symbol of
man’s will… …to determine his life himself. Water. Light in liquid substance.
Source of life. Five Olympic rings. Five continents embrace one
another… …celebrating Olympic Games’
coming back to the… …country where they were born. All peoples of the world, a handful
of peoples in this small world. The little boy… The little Michalis Patsatzis,
nine years old. Manos Hatzidakis’ “Nocturnal Serenade”. The small, paper boat
that all made once… …to travel in our childhood
dreams. Travelling, so small
in the boundless blue sea. Travelling, like Greece. Small
in an infinite beautiful world. Tonight the best athletes from
all over the world… …are all gathered here. Dear friends, the whole world
devotes its attention here. To this small place. “In this small world,
the great one”… …as the poet Odysseus Elytis
once said. Dear friends spectators
from all over the world… …the President of the International
Olympic Committee, Jacques Rogge… …and the President of the Organizing
Committee for the Olympic Games… …Athens 2004,
Gianna Angelopoulos-Daskalaki. The President of the IOC,
Mr Jacques Rogge… …and the President of “Athens 2004”
Organizing Committee… …Mrs Gianna
Angelopoulos-Daskalaki. The Port Officers Corps’ band is
playing Giannis Psathas’ fanfare. Port Officers Corps band. Ladies and Gentlemen, his Excellency,
the President of the Republic… …Mr Constantinos Stefanopoulos. President of the Hellenic Republic
Democracy. The word comes from the Hellenic words
“demos”(people) and “kratos”(power). Rule. Democracy.
The power of the people. At least, it should be this way. “The form of government we have is
the power of the people because…” “…power is invested in the
people as a whole”. “Its name, Democracy.” Thucydides, Pericles Epitaph. And the Greek flag. Nine white and blue stripes
symbolizing the watchword… …of the fighters for Independence,
1821, “Freedom or Death”. And the cross, symbol
of The Greeks’ devotion… …to the Greek Orthodox
Church. Ladies and Gentlemen,
the national anthem. I know you by the sharp blade
of your terrifying sword I know you by the form you made
taking the earth as victor lord Sprung from Grecian bones scattered
hallowed on every vale with your old valor unshattered
Liberty, hail to you, hail! with your old valor unshattered
Liberty, hail to you, hail! with your old valor unshattered
Liberty, hail to you, hail! The ‘Hymn to Liberty’ by
Dionysios Solomos… …was written in 1822 and set to
music by Nikolaos Mantzaros in 1865. Antonis Kontogeorgiou directed
the chorus. And “kotinos” (olive branch),
the “Athens 2004” symbol. The symbol of Greece. An olive tree was given to Athens by
Athena and its citizens worshipped it …and Athena gained its citizens’
confidence. Hercules, the legendary father
of the Games, planted a… …wild olive tree in Ancient Olympia. Ladies and Gentlemen, we are
watching live… The Greeks, restless travelers,
are inextricably bound up… …with their past they bear
always with them. Lydia Koniordou,
a prominent figure. With Manos Hatzidakis’ “the
star of the north” as our guide… “Dimitris Papaioannou invites us in
a journey of self-knowledge. The inscription “Know thyself” is
written at Temple of Apollo in Delphi. Centaurs taught
the ancient heroes. Hercules, the mythological father
of the Olympic Games. The mythological Centaur, a symbol
of man’s double nature… …flesh and spirit. A Cycladic statuette of 2.700 BC A masterpiece of the Cycladic
civilization. The first portrayal of man
on marble from the island of Paros. Inspiration for the modern
minimal art. A symbol of a classic,
minimal simplicity… …and carved gently by the sea
the only one which… …knows how to polish pebbles. Science, rationalism, they helped
man to understand… …and explain the things
he observed all around him. Man thinks,
he is a vehicle of values. He attempts to change the world,
and with the philosophers’ help… …he tries to systematize the
human thought for the first time. A majestic moment,
as we are coming along Kouros,… …it is the first time
the statue free… …stands alone in space.
He’s putting in front his left leg,”. …impatient to conquer the world. A symbol of beauty, a symbol of man’s
freedom altogether… a symbol of man who thinks and creates
and we move on to the Classical Era. The time of measure, precision,
purity, lucidity… …the Golden Age of Pericles. The values of this era,
the thought, its art… …constitute a source of reference
and inspiration for humanity… …until today. We are listening to a movement from
Gustave Mahler’s Symphony. Since the time the mythical
Centaur was his master… …man thinks and restless as he is
always, he seeks to understand… …the things happening
around him. The first faltering steps on
the cube… …the element of Earth,
according to Pythagoras… …are made and more confident
he moves on, travels and flies… He conquers the Universe. He dismissed
the darkness of ignorance… …and of superstition to which
he was a slave. He struggles to overcome the dominant
restrain of man,… …his body and its needs. Theory according to Pythagoras. Pythagoras, Euclid,
fathers of geometry. Democritus, father of the
atomic theory of the universe. Hellenism travels, enlightens
as the flame of the Olympic Games. With classic and universal values. Celebrating the wealth and the
beauty of human nature. All this wealth, all this beauty,
all the world, dear friends,… …all these glances are turned here,
in Athens. Tonight and for the next two
weeks. For the Olympic Games returning in
the country where they were born. Like the celestial bodies that seem
floating in the air. The Greek islands seem floating, like
brilliant gems… …in a deep-blue sea. The sea, after all, was created when
Gaia and Uranus met. The Greeks were the first
who made a god of Eros. Eros gives no birth like
Chaos and Gaia… …he exercises a strong power of
attraction driving other powers… …to creativity. Thanks to Eros,
everything will be created… …by Chaos and Gaia in succession. Love, Giannis Madafounis… …son of the famous Greek
choreographer Charis Madafounis. Lovers Christos Loulis and
Katerina Papageorgiou. Eros is the power that moves
everything. Giorgos Koumendakis’ music,
“Lovers”. Hesiodus in “Theogony” says that
the initial trinity was… …Chaos, Gaia and Eros. The human generations succeed
each other like… …the changing of the leaves,
said Homer… …reflecting the passage of time that
calculates but cannot be measured. A journey to history through the
hourglass measuring time… …without telling the time. History that disappears into the
depths of time. Areas of Greece were already inhabited
since the Paleolithic era. A passage. The synthesis is by
Konstantinos V… …with stylized figures which
seem to come out of… …frescos, pots,
mosaics of memory. Prehistoric Thera, Crete. Nikos Kazantzakis writes about the
Minoan civilization… “Greece’s soul accomplished the
fatal mission”. “It brought God to man’s scale”. “The body moved,
the mouth smiled…” “…and God’s stature imitated man’s
stature and face”. A joyful civilization that loves
and celebrates nature… …without imitating it. Acrobatic bullfighting, the passage
of men, youths… …to maturity. The unyielding, the copper nation,
according to Hesiodus… …gives a centralized hierarchical
system of ruling. The Minoan civilization. This is the Generals era,
Agamemnon’s era. From the Dark Ages,
as it was called the period… …we do not know much about,
aroused the Geometric era. A transitional period of developments
that formed the conditions… …so that we pass to
the Archaic and Classic Greece. Centaurs, geometric shield. The rhythmic gymnastics team,
bronze medal in Sydney… …is with us. Pegasus, Poseidon’s son. The Kouroi. The city-state is born,
the arts flourish. New knowledge is produced, democracy
is born at the heart of which… …is the citizen’s role.
The anthropocentric ideology is… …the most precious heritage,
Man reflects upon himself. The name of Greeks appears
dates from the seventh century. In art, the most ductile
anthropomorphic styles. Symbols, Kouroi and Korai. Symbols of beauty,
and of freedom as well… …signaling a new era
focusing on man… …who thinks and creates. Eros is present everywhere. Classic Greece. The Golden Age of Pericles.
The Theatre of Epidaurus. The theatre was at its peak
with the greatest dramatists… …Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides,
and Aristophanes’ comedies. Satyr, Maenads. Greece passes before our eyes.
The Sphinx and Oedipus. Hercules, the mythical father
of the Olympic Games. Lernaean Hydra. Athena, the goddess of wisdom. The Classical Era is one of the most
important expressions… …of the human spirit
in the world civilization. The thought, the notions, the art,
the governmental systems… …then established
constitute lasting values. Classic points of reference
for the future of humanity. Rhetoric, Socrates’ dialogic
philosophy influenced… …the human thought
in the centuries to come. History is born with Herodotus,
known as the “father of history”. The theatre reaches its peak. Caryatides. The Charioteer and the Winged Victory. The Race, as we said, is the only
event in the first 13 Olympiads. The athletes in ancient Greece
competed “gymnoi” (naked)… …hence the words “gymnastics”,
“gymnast”. Alexander the Great, one of the
most prominent figures… …of universal civilization
356-323 BC. After his death in 323 BC,
we pass gradually… …to the Hellenistic Era. An era fond of form, of beauty. Byzantium. Art here tries to express
the impossible, the invisible. This is a new challenge for
the artist. In art of the Orthodox Church
the artist expresses… …the struggle between good
and evil in a fascinating force… …Paradise and Hell. Freedom or Death, the watchword of the
Greek fighters of 1821. The heroes of the Greek War
of Independence. Karaiskakis, Kolokotronis,
Makriyannis. The nine white and blue stripes
of our flag… …reflect the nine syllables
of the watchword “Freedom or Death”. The famous Greek kilt. The story goes
that the four hundred pleats… …denote the four hundred years
of Turkish yoke. The amazing variety and the wealth
of the Greek tradition. From Antiquity till today… …in rhythms, in dances, in costumes. Scenes in black and white. Scenes from
a very romantic era. Baron Pierre de Coubertin and
the Greek Dimitrios Vikellas… …dream the revival of the
Olympic Games… …of the Olympic ideal,
and they succeeded. The first modern Olympic Games in
1896. Where else? Naturally in Athens. The athletes compete even for
the honor of participation. For kotinos, the olive oil branch. Spyros Louis, the first gold
Marathon runner. And Karagiozis. The Greek who has
necessarily learned to survive… …in a cruel world and
overcome every difficulty… …using his brains. Figures by Tsarouchis. Dimitris Papaioannou is influenced
by the great master… …Giannis Tsarouchis,
in a music… …that one would call the
Greek… not yet. Eros is always near.
In everything. Motive force. And the Rebetico dance.
The Greek blues. Maria Callas. Maria Callas, “O, my homeland”,
from Verdi’s opera Aida. The voice of the 20th century. A voice
like a cry. A voice like a tear. The woman takes off her dress,
unfolds her history… …and free moves on.
The woman that carries inside her… …the seed of hope and the
rebirth of life. Life is born and gives forth.
It moves on. The ancients believed that the stars
were Hera’s milk,… …Zeus’ wife, who found out
that she was nursing… …a strange baby, Hercules,… …making him immortal with
her milk. Galaxy. The milk is the food
of the universe. Renewal of life, of hope. In fact, we are all made of
the same secret. Vaggelio Randi is
the pregnant woman. The whole world starts
revolving, revolving… …with thousands of stars
that filled… …the Olympic stadium, with
thousands of people… …who are with us travelling
in the universe of the Galaxy. Travelling to the genetic information
which is the nucleus of a cell. It was decoded in June, 2000
and it is the final map… …of our life.
The code of our life. DNA. Our secret. This is what assures
our uniqueness. Our individuality and what binds
all human beings. The heartbeat. The common ring that ties us with
all fellow human being. We all return to the sea from
which we were born. Music, “Carpos”. Composition
by Giorgos Trandalidis. Previously it was
Nikos Kipourgos’ “double helix”. At the place for DNA. Manos Hatzidakis is with us always
to celebrate life. To celebrate hope. Ladies and Gentlemen, these
are magic moments. They touch us so deeply. And with the “Star of the North”,
music M. Hatzidakis, lyrics N. Gatsos …we see the olive tree.
The symbol of peace. The symbol of freedom.
A sacred tree of the Mediterranean. The athletes were rubbing their
bodies with oil before running… …thousands of years ago.
Oil is our basic food. The winners of the Games were crowned
with kotinos, an olive branch. Olive. A symbol of universal peace
and of civilization. Miltos Georgiadis led
the choir earlier. Friends of the Olympic Games, dear
spectators from all over the world… …the big moment is coming. At the Olympic stadium, with us,
from all over the world… The best athletes of the world
gathered in Athens… …and in the five Olympic cities
in Greece… …for the fair play. “The sweat of virtue
Gods hold it high”. “The road to virtue
is long and abrupt”. “When you reach the end,
it seems easy”. “However, it is always difficult”.
Hesiodus, “Works and Days”. The Nations’ parade. Nikos Katsaros takes the microphone. And now the big moment is the
moment of athletes. Those people are the real
protagonists… …or at least should be the real
protagonists… …of this large-scale, economic
and sports contest. The real protagonists of the greatest
athletic contest on earth. In the XXVIII Athens Olympic Games… …the number of male and female
athletes is one… …of the several records
broken in these Games. In a while, Pyrros Dimas leading
the Hellenic delegation… …is entering the stadium into
which 11,000 athletes will flood… …from 202 countries.
Flag bearer is… …Pyrros Dimas. An ideal choice that nobody
could doubt. The modern Greek Hercules. The athlete with the three successive
gold medals and won glory for Greece. In three Olympiads, in Barcelona 1992,
in Atlanta 1996,… …and in Sydney 2000.
Here is Pyrros. Greece’s Pyrros. Leading the Hellenic
delegation with the Greek flag… …he opens up the athletes’ parade. P. Dimas and the Greek flag are cheered
frantically by 70,000 spectators… …who have flooded the
Olympic stadium of Athens. The 202 countries’ parade
begins in alphabetical order… …according to the Greek alphabet.
First Santa Lucia delegation. 202 countries, a number record
as we said. More than the countries in the
United Nations. Santa Lucia, a small state of
Central America… …with Joseph Zepherinus, marathoner
as flag bearer. Saint Vincent and Grenadines. Another small state of
Central America. Flag bearer is Natasha Laren Mayers,
athlete of athletics in 100 and 200 m. As you can see, the placards with
the names of the countries… …are carried by women wearing
dresses depicting… …ancient Greek pots. San Marino follows. Flag bearer is Diego Mularoni,
swimmer. A small state surrounded by Italy. Next Angola.
An African country… …with Angelo Victoriano Monteiro,
basketball player, as flag bearer. The athletes from Angola are also
entering the stadium. They are cheered as everybody is. DJ Tiesto, the famous Dutch,… …is responsible
for the music… …which for the first time
is not a march accompanying… …the countries’ parade
but disco music. The Games’ originality is also shown
in the way the athletes… …will be arrayed in a
spiral in the stadium… …and not in the standard array. Azerbaijan follows. One of the countries of the former
Soviet Union… …with Nizami Pashayev, weightlifting
champion, as flag bearer. A country that excelled in events
such as wrestling… …having won two medals… …out of the four in total
awarded by Azerbaijan… …in the two Olympiads
it took part in 1996 and in 2000. Egypt is the next country.
An African country… …with Aly Ibrahim, an oarsman,
carrying the flag. Egypt has tradition in
weighty sports… …having won 9 medals in
weightlifting and 4 in wrestling. 16 medals in five Olympiads in which
this great country has taken part. All countries are cheered
enthusiastically… …by more than 70,000 Greeks and
foreigners spectators. A sample of the traditional
Greek hospitality. Ethiopia follows. Ethiopia with Abel Aferalign as
flag bearer… …an athlete in boxing. Ethiopia with a long tradition
of races… …with leading figures, Bikila Abebe,
the barefooted marathon runner… …who won in Rome and four
years later… …in Tokyo he was the first
this time wearing shoes… …to win the Marathon twice… …in two Olympiads in a row. Haiti is next. The parade follows
the Greek alphabetic order. Tudor Sanon is the flag bearer,
a taekwondo athlete. Haiti is an island of
Central America. With two medals in the history
of Olympic Games. And now Cape Verde, the Green Cape. Another African country.
A country of Western Africa. Flag bearer is Vidal Rodeiro,
a gymnastics athlete. And now Ivory Coast.
Another African country. Flag bearer is Mariam Bah,
a taekwondo athlete. Ivory Coast. She has a bronze medal
in Olympics… …in athletics, Olympiad ’84.
And our neighbor country, Albania. Flag bearer is Klodiana Shala,
400 m hurdles. The country which provided Greece
great athletes… …such as weightlifters,
Pyrros, Kokkas,.. …and Mirella Maniani,
champion javelin thrower. And now Algeria. Flag bearer is
Said Guerni Djabir, 800 m. Algeria with 12 medals in four
Olympiads in which took part… …with Nouredin Morceli, a leading
figure of Algerian athletics. World champion three times and
gold Olympic winner in 1996. Let us remember his compatriot,
Hassiba Bulmerka. American Samoa, an island state in
the Pacific Ocean… …with Lisa Misipeka,
hammer thrower. Andorra. A co-principality between
France and Spain. A very small state with
Haciane Hocine, swimmer. Here the athletes from Andorra
are carrying thank you signs… …for the warm welcome
we gave them. Antigua and Barbuda, a small
island in the Caribbean Sea… …with Daniel Bailey, athletics.
100-meters sprinter. He is carrying the flag. A state founded in 1966 and
recognized by IOC… …and got into the Olympic Committee.
It became a member in 1976. We move on to Argentina with
Carlos Espinola, sailor. Argentina has taken part in
14 Olympic Games. It has collected 55 gold medals. Figures, boxer Carlos Manson. They have won the largest number
of medals, 24 in total. Maradona’s homeland. We see Argentina’s athletes. A large delegation welcomed
with enthusiastic cheers. Armenia’s delegation is next. Another country of the former
Soviet Union. Founded in 1990,
like the majority… …of countries founded after the
collapse of the Communist regime. Armenia with Albert Azarian, gymnast,
as flag bearer. He has won three medals so far in
Armenia’s participation in the Games. Medals in weightlifting, wrestling,
and in freestyle wrestling. Aruba. We are leaving
Central Asia… …and we go again
to Central America… …to welcome Aruba with
Roshendra Vrolijk as flag bearer. A swimmer. And now Australia,
the green continent. The country which handed the
Olympic flag over to us. She passed the Olympic flame to us,
the torch of the XXVII Olympics. In order to organize the XXVIII
Olympic Games, what you see now. A country with a long tradition,
she counts 21 entries to Olympics. Since 1896 and
338 medals in total. We may say that swimming is
the country’s national sport. She has awarded 133 medals
in swimming. Prominent figures. A legendary
swimmer, Ian Thorp… …who will also compete here.
In the past Dawn Frazer was. She has 61 medals in athletics. You see the Australians. Large delegation as always. And now Dimitris Chatzigeorgiou
takes the microphone… …for the running commentary. The Australians with Roman Hagara
in sailing, ranked 16th in Sydney. A country with a sports tradition,
the Danube flows through this country. A passage for many nations.
Mozart’s Austria, Schubert’s Austria. …The country of waltz, Strauss’s.
homeland Great sports tradition. Ranked 35th in medals. Afghanistan. From central Europe
to Asia. In the much afflicted area,
flag bearer is Neema Soratger. A coach, not an athlete.
Lots of men and women… …endure and have the vision
to stand on their feet… …having athletics and Olympism
as an incentive. Here is Afghanistan. And the small Vanouatou, nearly
16,000 km far from Athens… …has 202,000 inhabitants. You
see Moses Kamut, athletics. Vanouatou has a small delegation,
but Olympism is participation. Participation and a little more
that Belgium asks With Jean-Michel Saive, known to
Kallinikos Kreanga in table tennis. He remains in the top eight in
the world. Jacques Rogge’s Belgium. Brussels,
capital of Europe. Jan van Eyck’s Belgium.
Peter Paul Rubbens’ country. The country of the greatest Belgian
painters and of good Olympic placings. 36 gold Olympic medals. And Venezuela in North America.
The first oil-producing country. With Julio Luna, weightlifter.
It shows after all. A country with entries, not many
medals, eight Olympic medals. 73d country in the medal
world ranking… …in the large-scale modern
world movement… …the movement of Olympic Games. Bermuda comes next. 8,000 km away from Athens,
of nearly 65,000 inhabitants. But it is known for its
tourism. A former British dominion. Peter Bromby, sailing.
There is sea everywhere. Many good sailors.
A bronze medal in boxing in 1976. Clarence Hill in heavyweight
boxing. And now here is Vietnam. Bui Thi Nhung, an athletics
athlete. The country which won its first
gold medal in… …taekwondo under 57 kg in
Sydney. It also listed in the medal world
ranking. 113d place. It does not matter. Vietnam
has evolved participation. Very good at martial arts. And Bolivia, back again in
Latin America. With Geovana Irusta, an athlete
of the athletics. Simon Bolivar’s country,
the liberator. You see Irusta.
The country with huge plateaus. With the highest capital
in the world… …La Paz, 4,600 m.
Bolivia is also here. In the background you see for
the first time the parade and …the lining up in space, where
the grass was once… …is not even square and
parallelogramic, it is round. And now to our neighborhood,
Bosnia-Herzegovina. The country of the 3 nationalities,
religions and cultures. The country of Mostard Bridge
which collapsed and was rebuilt… …despite people’s expectations.
The country of the Winter Olympics… …in Sarajevo, in
former Yugoslavia. A country with a sports tradition
even since Yugoslavia’s times. Basketball, winter sports,
and athletics as well. It is here too.
It is a Balkan country. Many Balkan countries participate
dynamically in Games. You see in the background how
they form rings… …and you will see,
flags and athletes. Another neighboring country from
the North, Bulgaria. Bulgaria of boxers and
weightlifters… …and of the
gymnastics rhythmic… …with Maria Grozdeva,
shooting. The country that turned out the great
Stefka Kostadinova in high jump… …with 2,09, the world record… …the country of the first-class
athletes, Tarev and Jatzev. Each country has its personalities
and politicians. Bulgaria and now Brazil is welcomed
with very enthusiastic… …cheers. The country of coffee,
samba and of Rio carnival. And the country of football of course.
A country of 182,000,000 inhabitants. First comes America with Torban Grael,
a legendary sailor. He came here to win the gold medal.
Brazil with 12 gold medals. 66 medals in total and 38th in the
world ranking. A multicultural country influenced
by Portugals… …and by native Indians
and African populations. The country of Pele, Ziko, Romano,
Ronaldo country. And the country of Rivaldo. The slums of Rio, football,
Copa Cabana… …and the largest tropical forest
in the world in Amazon river. A particularly popular,
musical and rhythmical country. A country making its impressive
presence felt in Games. With great and always successful
participations full of rhythm. Music, art and sports are, however,
universal languages. Two languages that know no boundaries,
rivalries uniting the world. The same thing happens in Athens.
In the XXVIII Olympic Games. At the beautiful Olympic stadium
with a roof ornament. And from Brazil to the
British Virgin Islands. 8,600 km away from Athens
with 22,000 inhabitants. And Jang Creig,
athlete in athletics… …in a country with no medals.
It is too small. It is difficult to win a medal,
but the next country has many. An historical, a great country. Flag bearer is Jackson Richardson,
a contemporary myth of handball. Third in Barcelona in 1992, bronze
medal for the French national team. Sixth in Sydney in 2000. He came
here to succeed. France, the country of Victor Hugo,
Moliere, the dynasty of Louis. The country of democracy,
of the Enlightenment, Robespierre… …and Napoleon as well.
With a tradition in judo… …handball, athletics,
track cycling… …and football as well,
but not the Olympic. Zidane does not play in the French
Olympic team. A country ranking fourth in the world
medal list with 560 medals. France will contend here for
the first place. France has one of
the largest delegations. It is cheered loudly as many
countries are. By the spectators who have
swarmed the Athens Olympic stadium. Another big country in population,
center and north of Europe. A country of 82,000,000 inhabitants,
great in sports too. The country of Beethoven,
Goethe, Schiller… …the bao house movement in
architecture. A country with a long tradition
in football… …but Olympic medal in canoe or kayak
with a legendary figure, B. Fischer. The only athlete who has won
medals, 10 Olympic medals… …in five Olympiads
in 20 years in a row. Germany of rowing, athletics with
96 medals. Germany of swimming. Who can forget Michael Grosse,
“Albatros” and other great athletes? A country permanently in the first
4, 5 places of the list. In their hats… …and their costumes, the Germans
came to be the protagonists. With a joint team since 1992
in Barcelona. East and West Germany had always
good entries. Many medals, they joined forces and
became even more powerful. And now a country not so close to us
but close in feelings. The country of the Argonautic
Expedition… …and the Golden Fleece.
The hospitable Georgians. With their culture. The country
that promotes judo, weightlifting. Who does not know George Asanidze,
the bitter rival of Pyrros Dimas. The country of boxing, heavy sports. Sports in which they are trained
in a specific technique. We go to Gambia. Saidy Ndure Jaysuma, athletics.
Flag bearer. A country of unimportant achievements
but with an entry in Games. Gabon has a population of 1,300,000. You saw Melanie Engoangue.
Judo. A country of no Olympic
expectations. Without significant distinctions.
French culture. We move on to a country
which is very good at football. Ghana. Besides it proved it. Andrew Owusu, athletics. A country which has good football
players and good boxers. Guana holds three medals in boxing
and one medal in football. We know many football players,
they are good indeed. Even at an early age. Guam. 11,000 km away from Athens and
of 163,000 inhabitants. You see Jeffrey Gope. It is
obvious he is a wrestler. With English and Japanese
culture as well. And Guatemala. It is the
40th country that parades. Gisela Maria Morales, swimming. Population 15,000,000,
Spanish-spoken country. Number 40 of the Olympic parade
in the beautiful stadium. Giannis Diakogiannis is with us
to continue. We continue with Guiana. A country in the northern part
of South America. Next to Venezuela.
Former British colony. Georgetown is the capital.
It produces sugar cane, rice… …bauxites and has
no sports achievements. We move on to Guinea.
We go to West Africa… …and to Conakry, its capital,
a former French colony. It became independent in 1958. It has no distinctions neither.
Only seven athletes. Besides there are three Guineas. Equatorial Guinea and Guinea Bissau.
Now we will see Guinea Bissau. A Portugal dominion in western Africa.
Next to Equatorial Guinea. It was discovered in 1446 by a
Portugal seafarer. It has no distinctions neither. As baron de Coubertin said,
what matters is participation. Next comes Grenada. A small island
in Antilles. A war was declared in 1983,
an Americans’ intervention. It became an independent country.
It has nothing to display. Grenada has Francique Alleyne,
athletics, as flag bearer. We come to a country which is
Europe’s friend. Denmark. Flag bearer is the boatman
Eskild Ebbesen… …who came third in Sydney
in coxless four. Denmark is a country that has
a sports tradition. The great name is Paul Elvstrom
Four gold medals in Finn. ’48, ’52, ’56, ’60. Six golden medals
in cycling. A country with a sports tradition
in many events. In the last years it had also
achievements, the last twenty years… …in football. We move on to the Republic of Congo.
Former name Zaire. Kinshasa, capital city of Congo.
With many names. In central Africa, a large country.
No distinctions however. The only distinction we can remember
at least was when the Zaire team… …was qualified to World Cup finals
in the former Fed. Rep. of Germany. Dominica. An island in Antilles.
Caribbean Sea. Independent since ’78. It is situated between
Guadeloupe and Martinique. It was a British colony from 1763
to 1978. Republic of Dominica.
An island in the Caribbean Sea. Famous for its tourism.
East of Haiti. The capital city is San Juan. It was discovered in 1492 by
Christopher Columbus. It was under the dominion of
the neighboring Haiti for 30 years. It has nothing special to display
in athletics. We come now to Central America.
El Salvador. The liberator, if you wish,
of Central America. Between Nicaragua, Guatemala,
Costa Rica. Tropical climate… …with many volcanoes.
No titles in sports. However, it had an entry in major
games. In the World Cup in 1982. In Spain, the national team. It competed with Honduras for
many years. We come to Switzerland.
Bern is the capital city. A country consisting of 23 cantons. Three official languages.
French, German… …and Italian in the South.
French is spoken in Geneva, Lausanne. German is spoken in Zurich,
Bern and Basel. Eurovision’ seat in Geneva
in 1954. It won 9 medals in 2000,
only one gold. A rich country though.
We know why. It is not a member of
the European Union. Flag bearer is Roger Federer. He came 4th in Sydney. A tennis player. He had won
the last two Wimbledon titles. We leave Switzerland… …and we come to Eritrea. A country in western Africa.
Asmara is the capital city. It was an Italian and British
dominion for many years. It gained its independence in 1987. Estonia, a republic most north
of the three Baltic States. With Finland-Hungarian roots. It belonged to Soviet Union from
1940 to 1972. In 2000 Estonia won a gold
medal with the decathlete Erki Nool. Flag bearer of Estonia.
A very tall decathlete. Bronze medalist in judo. Zambia. Central Africa.
Beyond South Africa. Lusaka is the capital city.
Tropical climate. Formerly called Northern Rhodesia. Northern Rhodesia became Zambia,
South Rhodesia became Zimbabwe. It is still member of
British Commonwealth. And now Zimbabwe, formerly
called Southern Rhodesia. The capital city is Harare.
Independent since 1987. No titles either. Many African countries have no
much to display in sports. In Olympic events at least.
Athletics, swimming, cycling. United Arab Emirates,
Abu Dhabi is the capital city. They are located in the Persian Gulf. 34 years of sports history. It is a federation of seven
Emirates. It is also an oil-producing country. And we come to the great power of
World Athletics. United States of America. A great power. They won
97 medals in 2000. Let us see how many they are
going to win here in Athens. Leading figures in athletics,
swimming, basketball. Women’s football,
women’s volleyball. Venus Williams in tennis.
Her sister did not come. Capriati, Andy Roddick. Sailing.
A tough opponent in equestrian sports. USA was present in the previous
27 Olympiads. USA was present in 1896 in Athens. She holds 2,087 medals,
862 gold, 674 bronze. Jesse Owens, Eddie Tolan,
Robert Garester, Joe Flanagan. Jimmy Thorp. Pre-war sports
veterans. In post-war years, Carl Louis,
Bob Bimon, Arion Bryan. Edwin Moses, Al Erter, four times
gold Olympic medalist in discus. Bill Heinz, Evans, Smith, Mateios,
Windfield, Dillard, Loone… …Kinghton, Davis, Brague,
Richards. Mathewson, Griffith, he passed away
early, and in swimming… …Johnny Veis Miller, Biondy,
Gudel… …Mary Miguer, Deppy Mayer,
Janet Evans… …Cassius Clay, Forman,
Frazer. Other boxers became professional. The great Basketball Dream Team
of 1992. Johnson, Jordan, Bird… …Barkley, Malone, Pippen,
Robinson, Stockton and others… This team is expected to be
the protagonist. And now we go to Japan.
The Land of the Rising Sun. It organized the Olympics in
Tokyo in 1964. It has been out of the Olympic
movement for many years… …because of the war,
Germany’s ally. It ranked 15th in 2000 medals.
18, 5 gold, 8 silver, 5 bronze. Flag bearer is Kyoko Hamaguchi. I forgot to tell you that
flag bearer of the USA delegation… …was Miss Dawn Staley,
basketball team leader. Japan which distinguished itself
in gymnastics. It was given a push in gymnastics
with Sawao Kato… …Ono, Edo,
Tsukahara, Akayano. It had many judokas,
Yoshida, Saito. It had champions in Olympics in 1936
and a marathon runner Son Kitei. A strong team in wrestling,
weightlifting, judo. In volleyball. Japan. A great country. We go to India.
The second largest country… …in population after China.
More than a billion. It consists of 25 states. New Delhi is the capital city. Malleswari is India’s
great athlete… …and Bobby George Anju, champion
in athletics,”. …was the flag bearer. And now we go to Indonesia.
A country of south-eastern Asia. Jakarta is the capital city.
A mountainous and volcanic country. It won six medals in 2000. It became independent in 1945. It distinguishes itself
in weightlifting. Judoka Krisna Bayu is the
flag bearer. And we move on to Jordan. If became a member of the
Olympic family in 1950. Amman is the capital city.
A country without titles in sports. We will give the microphone to
Nikos Katsaros. Iraq’s delegation is given
a long applause. The representatives of this much
suffering country have the chance to… …experience the feelings of
sympathy and support… …from the Greek, are cheering them as they
are entering the stadium. Flag bearer Hadir Lazame,
Judo champion. Iraq which entered the
Olympic Games yesterday… …with a tremendous success,
the football tournament win. Iraq won Portugal with
a score of 4-2. Next comes the Islamic
Republic of Iran. Formerly known as Persia. Flag bearer Mirasmaeli,
a judoka. A big country having won
40 medals in Games. A country particularly distinguished
in freestyle wrestling, weightlifting. Ireland comes next. Flag bearer Niall Griffin,
rider. A country with success in
athletics. Ron Delanay is the most known
representative in 1500 m. And now we come to Equatorial Guinea. A country in western Africa. Flag bearer Emilia Mikue Ondo,
athletics. 800 m. A country fairly new. It was founded in 1980. And now Equator with Alexandra
Escobar as flag bearer. A weightlifting athlete. Equator has also a medal in athletics. Jefferson Perez surprised
everyone greatly… …when he won the gold medal
in 20,000 m. walk in 1996. Iceland. Here Gudmundur Hrafnkelsson,
handball player. A remote island republic in
the North Atlantic Ocean. It has a few sports achievements.
Nearly three medals. Two medals in athletics and
one in judo. And now Spain. One of the largest
Olympic delegations. Very popular. The country of Estiarte,
The brilliant water polo player… …of Difanio,
the great basketball player. The country of Fermin Cacho,
1,500 m. winner. The country of Jose Marin in walk. A country holder of 75 medals in
14 Olympiads in total. It excels in sailing.
12 medals. 9 medals in athletics. Here is Spain. A country cheered loudly for their
team by the Greek spectators. You see the Spanish and how
they enjoy the warm welcome. Queen Sofia is greeting here
her compatriots. They are returning the greeting. On the grandstand Juan Antonio
Samaranch. Jacques Rogge’s predecessor. One of the most long-lived
I0C Presidents. You are watching the Spanish
Delegation on your screens. You see them here. The Spanish are applauded heartily. 11 thousand athletes will parade
in total and line up here. Nearly one thousand athletes
will step on the podium… and win a medal. They will be covered in glory.
The rest will savor the moment. The moment of parade, the moment
of glory. And now the Israeli delegation. Judoka Ariel Zeevi is the flag bearer,
judo champion. Israel with 4 medals in total
in Olympiads to which it participated. Fridman’s homeland, who is known to
us by his fight with… …Nikos Kaklamanakis
in boardsailing. Now the applause is for Italy. Our neighboring country
which we specially like. Flag bearer Yuri Chechi,
gymnastics. An important athlete in
gymnastics. A country that produced many
Olympic winners such as Notos. It has a long tradition of winning
medals in athletics, 54 in total. It has won 446 medals in total
in 19 entries. As much as strange it may seem,
its great achievements are not… …in athletics but in a
less popular sport… …here in Greece, fencing.
Italy earned 100 medals. Carraro here. Franko Carraro was the President
of Olympic Games Committee. The Italians. They are enjoying it too.
They are taking photographs. They wish to capture these
unique for many athletes moments. Italy which hosted the Olympic
Games in 1960… …with Berruti breaking
the monopoly of the Americans. In 100 and 200 m. Kazakhstan comes next. Another Asian country.
It was founded in 1990. Flag bearer Askhat Zhitkeyev,
judo. A country with many titles
in Olympic Games. It won 18 medals in total. The majority of them in boxing, in
freestyle and Greco-Roman wrestling. In shooting as well. Kazakhstan is on our screen. A large Olympic delegation. Ambitious to win quite a few
medals in this Olympiad. And now Cameroon.
A big African country. It was founded in 1963. It is getting into the stadium
with Dabaya Tientchev. A weightlifter. Cameroon. It holds no titles in Games.
Three medals in total. All medals in boxing. Cambodia comes next. A republic in south-eastern Asia. Flag bearer is the swimmer Hem Kiri. The athletes from Cambodia. We come to Canada now. Nicolas Gill, judo champion,
is the flag bearer. An enormous delegation with
expectations to win many medals. A country which has already
many entries in Games. 22 entries in Olympic Games.
220 medals in total. The majority was won in
Los Angeles in 1984. 44 medals and it may sound
bizarre because… …in Olympics held in Montreal
in 1976… …Canada got barely 11 medals. Ben Johnson, the most popular
of Canadian athletes… …with an adventurous sports record. There is also a Greek athlete in
the delegation. The sprinter Nicolas Macrozonaris
is with the colors of Canada. Leading figures, Alex Bowman, swimmer. Victor Davies, swimmer. Gold medal winner in swimming. Donovan Bailey, gold medalist in
men’s 100 m. in 1996. The Canadians. Followed by a very small country. A state in miniature, we would say.
Qatar. A state in the Middle East. Flag bearer Khalid Habash Al Suwaidi,
putter. Qatar which has its achievements.
Two in total. The first in athletics and
the second in weightlifting. Mohamed Souleyman won the bronze
medal in Barcelona in 1992. The heavy-weight weightlifter Ashan
won the bronze medal in Sydney. Cayman Islands in central America
in the Caribbean Sea. A small group of islands. With Cydonie Mothersill in 100
and 200 m. Cayman Islands. A fairly new state. We move on now from the American
continent to the African continent. The Central African Rep. delegation is
entering the stadium with Ndjissipou. Flag bearer is a marathon runner. Kenya comes after. With Violet Barasa,
a volleyball player. Flag bearer. Kenya with 54 medals in total. Many medals in athletics.
47 in total. Leading figure Kip Keino,
we all know him. And China. The country which will organize
the next Olympic Games. In Beijing in 2008, capital city
of this vast country. The largest and densely populated
country in the world. It has naturally, many
sports achievements. With a population of 1 billion
300 million inhabitants. China has participated in nearly
five Olympiads, but won only
222 medals in total. Most of which in rhythmic gymnastics. Many medals in weightlifting too.
27 medals. In table tennis. Chinese’s national sport.
27 medals. And in diving as well, where
they have great achievements… …in the last Olympiads. Indeed Ming Yao was the man
who won in diving… …in four Olympic organizations
in a row. Let’s move on to Kyrgyzstan.
A small country of Asia. With Mital Sharipov, weightlifter,
as flag bearer. Only a few know Kyrgyzstan,
however it gained one medal. In judo, in 2000.
A bronze medal. It was won by Aidyn Smagulov. Those are the athletes
from Kyrgyzstan. Kiribati comes next,
another small country… …in Oceania, perhaps the newest
state, founded in 2002. With Meameaa, hammer thrower,
as flag bearer. Lets continue with the parade
of the countries… …commented
by Dimitris Chatzigeorgiou. We come to Southern America.
Colombia. Bogota is the capital city. And with Carmenza Delgado,
weightlifter. Weightlifting however with Isabelle
Kinsolving gave Colombia… …the only gold medal till now. In Sidney, in 2000. Total weight 245 kg.
The first gold medal for Colombia. It has seven medals in total and is
74th in the world ranking. Colombia. You see peoples
groups, all this… …Olympic feast, the mosaic of
countries passing before you… …here in the overcrowded
beautifully lit stadium. They start filling its interior area. Comoros. 5,800 km away from Athens,
630 thousand inhabitants. They are here with Djaffar Hadhari. Athletics.
A small delegation. Comoros also gives its athletes
the joy of participation. Congo. Emile Rony Bakale, swimming. Kinshasa is the capital city. Congo with no sports tradition… …compared to other African
countries like Kenya is here. The next country, however,
has a sports tradition. Korea, with a joint appearance
of North and South Korea. Their joint appearance in Sidney,
loudly applauded,… …is repeated here with the
same result. A country with a sports tradition. It organized excellent Games in 1988. In Seoul. The country
of martial arts. Of taekwondo. You see the symbolism of
peoples fraternity. In what politics fails… …sports excels. Sports and culture are two common
universal languages. No boundaries, no limits. No political, religious,
nationalistic or other restrictions. The officials and all spectators in
the stadium are greeting and cheering… …this second common appearance
of the Korean delegation. It shows the way through sports. Greece also has bonds
with Korea since 2000… …with Michalis Mouroutsos having
won the gold medal in taekwondo. Costa Rica with 4 million inhabitants.
Latin America. David Fernandez in judo.
A country that is fond of judo… and swimming as well as it has
won 4 medals. It is behind in ranking. But the country that comes next,
loudly applauded is not. Cuba. A country disproportionally
big in sports… …compared to its land
and population. With the great Ivan Lazako Pedroso
Olympic champion, world champion. And many other titles in athletics
and long jump. The successor of Carl Lewis
in the world crown. The country of latin music,
of sciences, of Fidel Castro. Of Javie Sotomayor, the top athlete
of high jump ever. And of course the modern legend,
Stevenson. With three gold Olympic titles in the
heavy weight category. He refused to participate in
professional competitions. And his successor. Felix Savon,
in the category 91. Three gold medals. A country with 137 medals,
19th in the world ranking. A country worth bowing before. Kuwait of more than 2 mill.
inhabitants without sports titles. Only one medal in Sidney,
in double trap. Cook islands. Those small islands
with a sparse population. Maori dialect as spoken language
and wrestlers. And weight lifters.
Like Sam Pera. Full of joy, flowers… and tropical colors. A country that elevates
the Olympic movement. Croatia belongs to the
athletic powers. Dubravko Simenc, water polo player,
a leading power in the field. Like Yugoslavia, Hungary,
Spain, Italy. Like Greece. But also the country of basketball. The country of the late Drazen
Petrovic and of Kreso Cosic. A country of football.
3rd in the World Cup. With a tradition in water polo.
In basketball, handball. And of course Cyprus. The island of Aphrodite. The most eastern part of
Europe. The point of reference for
Greek people. The island of Cyprus with
George Achilleos. Shooting, one of the stars
of the Cypriot team. The island of love, music
and beauty. The island of great sports tradition. The president of Cyprus
in the foreground. The Greeks from all over the world
are cheering. Cyprus which took part for the first
time as an independent state… …in the Winter Games of Lake
Placid in 1980. Followed by the summer games
of Moscow. And from Cyprus to Laos. Flag bearer Chamleunesouk
Ao Oudomphonh… …athletics.
No sports titles for Laos. Like Lesotho, a small country,
of 1,800 thousand people. In Southern Africa. Flag bearer Lineo Mochesane,
taekwondo. Latvia. Former Baltic Republic. With Vadims Vasilevskis. The country of Igors Vihrovs.
The friends of gymnastics remember. From Sydney. The man who conquered
the world of gymnastics… …the way Ioannis Mellisanidis did
4 years ago… …winning the gold medal in
floor exercises. In the apparatus final. Latvia has ten medals.
It is ranked 69th. Belarus. 10 million inhabitants, two languages
and sports tradition… …two participations in
Olympic Games. It has already 32 medals and
is ranked 51st. 17 medals in Sydney
and 75 in Atlanta. With a tradition in athletics
and in gymnastics… …in rowing, bur mainly in wrestling,
freestyle and Greco-Roman. A great country in sports, carrying
Soviet and Russian tradition. Same sports culture,
same sports education. An athletes, champions and
Olympic winners production industry. Great sports countries that emerged
from the Soviet Union. Lebanon. Beirut is the capital city. The country of cedars.
It is also shown in the flag. Jean Claude Rabbath, athletics. The country of Rony Seikaly,
or Tender Rony as America call him. The athlete that beguiled
NBA for 13 years. He was also in Greece for
a period of time. Lebanon with Beirut, the former
“Paris” of Middle East. Liberia. West Africa. Nearly 5,000 km away from Athens.
More than 3 million inhabitants. Some great football players. But no Olympic titles. Libya. Tripoli is the capital city.
Less than 6 million. No tradition in sports. With few but continuous
participations in games. And Lithuania. Basketball fans recognized
Saulius Stombergas. Kinder Bologna and the national
team of Lithuania. The country with three medal wins
in a row. The country with Arvydas Sabonis… …nature’s great miracle. Many teams in Europe,
Real Madrid, NBA. And now the country which excels
in basketball. And the great discus thrower,
Romas Ubartas. Lichtenstein. With a tradition in skiing
and not in summer games. 33 thousand inhabitants.
And Luxembourg. One of the richest countries
in income per capita. With three medals and
Jozy Bartel… …and the gold medal in Helsinki
in 1952. Competing with leading figures,
like Roger Banister. 1,500 m. gold medal. And the Olympic parade continues… …with Giannis Diakogiannis. Madagascar. Indian Ocean’s
largest island. Antananarivo is the capital city.
A French dominion until ’58. It has some sprinters.
Some are remarkable locally, but not internationally. Malaysia. A country in south-eastern Asia. Kuala Lumpur is the capital city. With Indian and Chinese minorities. It has been lately commercially
developed. It made some steps in football, but
is still behind in other sports. Malawi. A country in central-west
Africa. A mountainous country. Mainly agricultural. With very good relations with
South Africa. Maldives.
A small island in the Indian Ocean. South to Sri Lanka. An Independent Republic since ’68. The Athletics coach Susanthika
Jayasinghe is the flag bearer. Mali. Bamako is the capital city,
in western Africa. Partially ruled by the French.
Independent since ’74. Mali with Kamara.
Athletics champion, flag bearer. It has a good team. It competes with
Greece in the quarter finals. Malta. The island of knights
of the Mediterranean and tourism. Valleta is the capital city. It was a
Greek colony during the 8th century. The center of the Crusaders. That is why its flag bears
the Cross of the Knights. Let us move on to Morocco.
A big African country. Rabat is the capital city. The most eastern country of Africa. It is washed by the Atlantic Ocean
and the Mediterranean. An independent state since ’56. Prominent figures in athletics.
Aouita, winner in 1500 m. in ’84. Mauritius. Flag bearer Michael Medor, boxer. An island in the Indian Ocean.
The capital city is Port Louis. Occupied by Portuguese, Dutch,
French and British. But let us go to Mauritania first. With Yuba Ouldhmeida as flag bearer. And Great Britain.
The United Kingdom. It is its 28th entry in the Olympics.
A traditional great power. With a long history.
Present at all games. With modern figures,
like Steven Allengate… …with five participations in rowing. Thomson, Abrahms, Welsh, Linden,
Loyd. Swimming, Olympic Champion.
David Wilkey. Equestrian sports, Richard Mid.
Sailing, Rodney Patterson. UK hopes to win a title in sailing
in 2004. Equestrian sports, rowing, athletics
and shooting. The judoka Kate Howey, flag bearer,
2nd in Sydney in -70 kg. Mexico. A great power in many sports. It organized the games of ’68. Flag bearer Fernando Platas
Alvarez, 2nd… …in 3m springboard in Sydney. Moldova. A former small country
in Romania… …of the former Soviet Union.
Independent since ’92. It won a silver medal in shooting
in 2000. A bronze medal in boxing. It has not much to show. It is a developing country. The Principality of Monaco. A great tourist resort
in the Mediterranean. Prince Renie and Albert,
his successor, IOC member… …have helped a great deal
this principality. Conferences and Formula l racings
take place in Monte Carlo, Monaco. With regard to sports it has
shown no great achievements. Sebastien Gattuso, athletics,
is the flag bearer. Bangladesh. It belonged to Pakistan until ’71. It stretches as far as the Gange’s
Delta. Dhaka is the capital city. Pakistan had once a very good
hockey team. It competed with India for medals. But was lately left behind. Barbados. An island in the Caribbean
Sea, Independent since ’66. It won a bronze medal with Thomson
in 100 m. in 2000. Bahamas, with Debbie Ferguson
as a flag bearer. She came first with her team in 4×100
in Sydney. 5th in 200 m., 8th in 100 m.
A great figure. Bahamas, a tourist island. It has remarkable sprinters and… …won a gold medal and a silver
one in 2000. Bahrain. The country of oil in
the Persian Gulf. Independent since ’71. Next to Saudi Arabia. A large bridge built in ’86
unites the two countries. And now Belize,
a country in central Africa. Became known worldwide
thanks to an athlete… …that never competed for
this country. Marion Jones. After her winning in the 100 m.
in Sydney… …she did the lap of honor
with the flag of USA in one hand… …and the one of Belize in the other. “My mother comes from Belize as well
as all my other relatives.” Marion Jones said. Now let us go to Benin,
an African country… …with Fabienne Feraeze
as flag bearer. She is a 200 m. sprinter. Botswana. A country… …where the boxer Kumiso Ikgpoleng
is the flag bearer. The only athlete from this
country that one a title… …was Dube in Sydney that came
7th in the final of 800 m. Burkina Faso.
Another country of Africa. Mamadou Ouedraogo is a swimmer
of this country. And the country’s flag bearer. Burundi follows. Another country from Africa. With Emery Nziyunvira, swimmer. Look at the delegation of
Burundi with their local dresses. They make quite an impression. Burundi won a gold medal
in 1996 with Niogambo. In 5000 m. in Atlanta. Brunei. The flag bearer is Jimmy Anak Ahar
an athlete of 1500 m. It is a small country of the
Arabian Gulf founded in 1984. Myanmar.
Ex Virmania. A big Asian country with
Win U Hla, weightlifter… …as its flag bearer. Namibia. Again in Africa. Paulus Ambunda is a Boxer and
the country’s flag bearer. A country with 4 medals in the
athletics and mostly… …with Frank Fredericks,
the sprinter of 100 and 200 m. Nauru.
Peter Yukio is the flag bearer. It is an insular country in Oceania. Let us stay in Oceania and welcome
New Zealand. With Beatrice Faumuina,
the discus thrower. A country with many titles in
the Olympic Games. 17 participations in the Games.
72 medals won. Most of them in athletics
and in sailing. Peter Snell is the most known
representative of this country. The athlete that won the gold
medal in 1960. And 4 years later, in Tokyo,
in 800 and 1500 m. Let us go to Nepal. The small country
in the heart of Asia. With Bhandari Rajendra, an athlete
of 5000 m. as its flag bearer. Niger. A West African country… …with the judoka Abdu Alassane. Niger had won a medal in boxing
in 1972. And Nigeria, a bigger country
with a total of 17 medals won… …in 6 Olympiads where
it has participated. With the famous sprinter,
Mary Onyali, flag bearer. The country that won the football
tournament in Atlanta. Winning Brazil by 3-2. Nicaragua.
A small country of central America. With the shooter Kashchenko
Svitlana, as its flag bearer. Her name does not seam
Latin-American though. Norway is next. With Harald Stenvaag, shooter,
as flag bearer. Norway has a tradition
in this sport. It has won 31 medals in shooting
against 30 in sailing. Those are only some of the 127
medals it has collected… …in 14 participations. Here comes the delegation of
South Africa. With the 800 m. athlete Mbulaeni
Mulaudzi, as flag bearer. South Africa has a big tradition
of titles in the Games. Has twice provided Olympic
men’s marathon winners. Josiah Thugwane won the Atlanta,
event in ’96 84 years after the gold medal
won by Kenneth McArthur in ’12. Charles Heffron, had won
silver in the 1908 marathon. Netherlands. With a judoka as flag bearer. Netherlands surprised everybody
in Tokyo, in ’64… …when judo became an
Olympic sport. Everybody expected the Japanese
to win the gold medal. But the medal was won by a
great athlete, Geesink. Netherlands won many titles
in 22 participations. In total, 209 medals. 25 of which in a sport everybody
can guess. Cycling. 16 in sailing,
44 in swimming. Inge de Bruijn, its chief delegate. The famous Olympic swimming champion. Along with Hoogenband. Oman follows Netherlands Antilles. From Central America. Oman with the athlete
Hamoud Al Dalhami, as its flag bearer. He runs in 200 m. We welcome Dimitris Hatzigeorgiou. The Olympic delegation of Honduras.
With Medina Izzwa. Honduras with no big participation
in number of athletes. And no Olympic titles. Next is a country with a great
sports and Olympic tradition. Hungary. With the judoka,
Kovacs Antal. The country of Liszt, of music
of the magical Budapest. The country of football
and of Ferens Puscas. The country of water polo.
Of canoe kayak, and equestrian sports. Of fencing. Hungary is here to
win a lot of medals. With 430 medals it is 8th in ranking.
A beautiful country. Central Europe. Present in the medals of
all recent Olympic Games. The country of music, of violins
and of beautiful people. It came here to win the gold
medal in water polio. Greece’s national team greatest
opponent. It is right before the country
of Uganda. Cabala is the capital city. In Africa.
4000 km away from Athens. With 25 million people. With Lubega Joseph, boxer
champion in 75 kg., as flag bearer. The country of Akii-Bua, the
champion of 400 m hurdles. Gold medal in Munich, in ’72. Let us go to Uzbekistan.
It has 26 million inhabitants. An Asian country, a former Soviet
Union. Tangriev Abdullo, the 23 years old
judoka competing at the +100 kg. A good competitor in heavy weight
sports. As well as in contact sports. With boxers, wrestlers,
judokas and 6 medals. 4 of which in boxing. And a great country in sports.
With 50 mill. inhabitants. With the swimmer Sylantyev Denys,
flag bearer. Ukraine, of the famous Sergey Bubka. Of the 36 world records
in open and closed field. A member of the IOC, an immortal
and one of the greatest legends ever. In all kinds of sports,
not only in classical ones. One of the 6 top athletes of
last century. The country of Volkov.
Of Dynamo Kiev. With 46 medals in only 2
participations. 39th place for the Ukraine of the
great Sergey Bubka. The man that jumped higher than 6 m. Almost 6,10 m. That set
new limits for man’s jumping… …for the classical sports and
the pole vault. The man who used to look at us
from a higher spot each time. Showing us where human limits
can go in sports. In athletics and in personal
effort. Ukraine, right behind
Uruguay. Let us go to a different meridian
and geographical latitude. We go to South America. With Serrana Fernandez, swimmer
in 100 m. backstroke. Uruguay, the country of football. A small country with a tradition in
football, as it won 2 championships. And 2 gold medals in football. The country of Losado and Francescoli.
with 10 medals and 61st in ranking. 2 of the medals in football
and the rest in rowing. Pakistan, of the 160 million
inhabitants. Of the many local dialects. With the hockey player Muhammad
Nadeem, as its flag bearer. It is the emperor of world
field hockey. Where the British have a
great tradition. We speak of Pakistan. 8 out of
its 10 medals are in field hockey. When it does not win a gold medal in
hockey they think of it as defeat. Palestine. A country everyone has heard of
in the last few years. With Sanna Abubkheet,
in athletics. Sofia Sakorafa wanted to
compete in javelin… …with the team of Palestine. An example that sports unite.
That sports is everywhere. Everywhere, all around the earth. Like in Palau. More than 11 thousand km. away from
Athens, with 20 thousand inhabitants. Yet it is here.
With no sports tradition. Parading under the music
of DJ Tiesto. The Dutch DJ from Breda.
Perhaps the best of the world. The DJ of Techno and Trans. Here comes Eileen Marie Coparropa
for Panama. She is a swimmer. Panama, the country who’s canal
unites two oceans. The Pacific, in the west,
the Atlantic, in the east. A country with 2 gold medals in
athletics. Bur very long ago, in London,
in 1948. Papua New Guinea. The athletes
of this country are also present. With Toua Dika. An athlete of
weightlifting… …we continue with Paraguay
as the Olympic parade… …comes to an end. A country with great football,
tough, defensive, and successful. With Trappe Rocio Rivarola,
the rower. Paraguay came here to participate in
the games and perhaps claim a medal. Virgin Islands. With the 108 thousand inhabitants. And of course with very few
titles. In the Caribbean. Very far from Greece.
Almost 9 thousand km. Yet it won a medal,
In sailing, in 1988. In the Finn category. With Peter Holmberg. Peru. The country of shooting and good
women volleyball. With Francisco Boza, shooter
as its flag bearer. Peru is good at this sport.
It has won 3 medals. The last one, silver, in Barcelona. It excels in women’s volleyball.
In 1988 the women team… …won the medal. DJ Tiesto put on the official
concert in Amsterdam. His 25 thousand fans danced
for eight hours. Let us go to a great
country in sports. Poland. With its flag bearer,
the swimmer Kizierowski Bartosz. The country of the beautiful
Varsovia, of Chopin, of theatre. Of the great Irena Szewinska,
of Boniek and Lato. Poland with the 241 medals,
17th in ranking. Here comes Irena Szewinska now,
the great figure of athletics. She is here, she couldn’t but
attend this great feast. She has come many times in Greece. The Polish athletes have a tradition
in athletics, in boxing, in fencing. In rowing, in weightlifting,
and in wrestling. Many athletes.
One of the biggest delegations. Portugal. The country of navigators. Its flag bearer is Nuno Delgado,
a judo champion. The country of Maggelan and of
Vasco da Gama. Of Rodriguez, of wine,
and the country of football. Of Porto and Benfica and where our
national football team… …achieved the impossible, triumphed,
and won the title. Where Greece was crowned champion. Puerto Rico. With the basketball player
Arroyo Carlos as flag bearer. A great talent. Puerto Rico with Jose Ortiz… …once more in the Olympic Games
in his 41 years. He passed through Greece,
the NBA, Real Madrid… …and Barcelona. Here he was
in 4 teams. And the boxing team with
the 6 medals. With their American style of boxing. And now the Former Yugoslavian
Republic of Macedonia. With Bloago Geurgieuski. A basketball player. A country that won a bronze medal
in free-style wrestling, in Sydney. In the category of 85 kg. And now Rwanda. The athletics fans recognized him. In
his 40’s, it is Mathias Ntawulikura. Participating in various events.
A country that has long suffered… …that has tried to come around
through sports. Romania. 160th in the parade. With Lipa Oleniuc Elisabeta, the
40 years old rower in the 8+ category. The country of Nadia Comaneci
with the first and perfect 10… …in gymnastics,
the country of Sabo. Of Hazi… …the Maradona of the Balkans
with the 265 medals. It has a big tradition in sports.
14th in the Olympic ranking. Romania, a Balkan country
north of Bulgaria. A country of 22 million inhabitants. And DJ Tiesto. With tech trans music. And dance culture. Giannis Diakogiannis shall continue. The great delegation of Russia
is next in the parade. Won 88 medals in 2000. These are the top forces of
world’s sport. Especially when it was part
of the Soviet Union. Modern figures, like Alexei Nemov
of gymnastics. Svetlana Khorkina.
Marat Safin, the tennis player. Athletics, wrestling, weightlifting,
boxing, shooting. Handball, diving,
modern pentathlon. Russia’s flag bearer is the great
Alexander Popov. He won 4 gold medals in ’92 and ’96
in swimming, sprint. However it was a greater
power in the old days… …when it had won 1.121 medals,
441 gold, 356 silver, 324 bronze. How many athletes! No one can remember
them all… …those who passed from the Soviet
Union between ’52 and ’88. A huge power. Bubka, Borzov,
Klein, Brum, Alexeev… …Latynina, Kouricheva, Kein.
All of them gymnastics champions. We continue with Samoa. I am so sorry, I missed Saint Kitts.
An island in the Caribbean sea. Samoa, island of the Oceania.
Discovered in 1722 by the Dutch. Won its independence in 1970. There are two Samoas.
The Samoa and Sao Tome & Principe. It comes next. Samoa Principe. With Fonseca Fumilay,
athletics champion. She is the flag bearer. And now Saudi Arabia.
Riyadh is the capital city. One of the biggest oil
reserves in the world. This is why this country is so rich. And so big, it occupies the bulk
of the Arabian peninsula. The country of Mecca. Who knows what it can do this year. Senegal. A country of West Africa, washed
by the Atlantic Ocean. And the Senegal river. A Republic since 1958,
when its president was… …someone who had visited Greece. I’d say an African philosopher… …and a great philhellene,
Senghor. Senegal’s flag bearer is a swimmer,
Fall Malick. Followed by Serbia and Montenegro. The former powerful state
of Yugoslavia. Once the top power of sports
in the Balkans. Actually in two sports, basketball
and volleyball. Gold medal in 2000. And then in handball and polo.
93 gold medals in total. It won a gold medal in men’s
Volleyball in Sydney… …a bronze in men’s polo. The gold medal in basketball in ’80.
And the silver in ’68, ’76, ’88. With the great Corac and Baneou. Great boxers. A gold medal in football in ’60. Two gold medals in gymnastics. Seychelles. Dejan Bodiroga, this tall
basketball ace. Former player of Panathinaikos. Back to Seychelles with the sailor,
Julie Allan. A touristic island. Sierra Leone. A West Africa country.
With many problems. For many years it tries to
overcome its national trouble. Discovered in 1462
by the Portuguese. Doesn’t have to show
much in sports though. Slovakia. A country that was formed after the… …split of the former Czechoslovakia. Member of the Federative Republic
of Czechoslovakia until ’92. In 2000 it won 5 medals,
1 gold medal in Canoe & Kayak… …in the canoe double slalom. Michal Martikan, the former canoe
& kayak champion is the flag bearer. Next comes Slovenia. A country also formed after
Yugoslavia split. Independent since ’91.
A small country. It won its 2 gold medals in 2000
in double skiff and in shooting. Lapajne Beno, the handball
champion is its flag bearer. The captain of the handball team. Solomon Islands. A battlefield between
Americans and Japanese. In the World War 2. Somalia, a country of East Africa. Its capital is Mogadishu. It was under the flag of Egypt and
Britain for many decades. Under Italy too. Somalia has a head coach as its flag
bearer, his name is Mohamed Alim. Swaziland. A country in southern Africa. Flag bearer Geinile Moyang,
athletics champion. Sudan. A big country in population.
A large country. In eastern Africa, to the south of
Egypt, to the north of Kenya. Todd Matthews Jouda, athletics,
is the flag bearer. Sweden. It organized the Olympics in 1912,
in which Konstantinos Tsiklitiras… …won the gold medal
in long jump… …and came third in high jump. The great athletic power. If earned 72 medals in 2000. Sweden has won 477 medals in total
140 gold. A large country with great athletes. Lemming, Lander, Fredriksson
in kayak. Bernt Johansson in cycling. Sesim, 17 gold medals
in 4 equestrian entries. Surinam has passed. And now Sri Lanka.
Former name Ceylon. Famous for its wonderful tea. It surprised everyone with
Jayasinghe who came… …3d in 200 m. in Sydney recording
a time of 22,28″ a very good time. It was called Ceylon till 1972. Syrian Arab Republic.
Independent since 1941. It was conquered by
Alexander the Great in 332 BC. It has few titles to show. Flag bearer Mohamad Hazouri,
athletics. And we come to Chinese Taipei. With Chih Yuan Chen, baseball athlete,
as flag bearer. The baseball team won the silver
medal in Barcelona in 1992. There is another medal won by
Chuan Kwang Yang… …in decathlon.
Taipei has more medals to show. 10 medals in total. Most of them
in weightlifting. An island state founded in 1960… …in the shadow of China. We come to Tanzania. An African state. Flag bearer Restituta Joseph,
athletics, 5000 km. Tanzania has two medals in total. Tajikistan comes next. Narguis Nabieva is the flag bearer,
athlete in archery. It was founded after Soviet Union’s
fragmentation in 1992. Thailand follows. With Paradorn Shichaphan,
tennis player, as flag bearer. Thailand, a large country in
south-eastern Asia. With 9 medals in 5 entries. And Jamaica. An island state in central America
with 37 medals. If has a long tradition in
athletics. Especially in speed races.
36 medals in athletics. Roden, MacKinley, Wynt
are great names. The relay team composition
in Helsinki in 1952. Merlene Ottey is the main
representative of Slovenia. We move on to Djibouti. An African state. With Abdo Abdallah, tennis player,
as flag bearer. Djibouti has earned a medal
in athletics. By the marathon runner
Hussein Ahmed Salah… …in Seoul in 1988. Another small state,
perhaps the newest. It was founded last year.
Timor. It was a former Portuguese colony. Flag bearer is Agueda Amaral,
marathon runner. Tonga comes next, another country… …in Oceania. And now Togo with the boxer
Ma’afu Hawke. Togo has also gained a medal
in boxing. And now our neighboring country,
Turkey. It is entering the stadium and is
given an enthusiastic applause. Sailor Ali Enver Adakan is the
flag bearer. Turkey with a very long tradition
in heavy sports events. It holds 34 medals in wrestling.
18 medals in Greco-Roman. Turkey has 64 medals in total
in 13 participations. The President of Turkey
Tayyip Erdogan. He was greeting the athletes,
his compatriots. Turkmenistan comes next. With the boxer Shohrat Kurbanov. Another country founded in 1990
when the Soviet Union split. Trinidad and Tobago follow. Flag bearer is the most
popular athlete of the country… …the sprinter Atto Boldon. Trinidad which has gained
11 medals in total. In 5 entries. And now the delegation of another
African country is getting into… …the stadium, Chad’s. With Nadjina Kaltouma as
flag bearer, 400 m. And now we see the athletes
from the Czech Republic. Kvetoslav Svodoba, swimmer,
is the flag bearer. Czech Republic with a long
sports history. Most sports distinctions are in
athletics and rowing. In canoe kayak. The Czechs have
won 19 medals. In their entries as Czech Republic. It competed formerly
as Czechoslovakia. Tunisia comes next. With the volleyball player
Noureddine Hfaiedh bearing the flag. Tunisia, a country in northern Africa. It has taken part in Olympics
four times and holds 6 medals. All medals in athletics. With the most popular
representative Mohamed Gammoudi. And now Yemen. Akram Abdullah is the flag bearer,
a taekwondo athlete. A country in Middle East.
An Arabic state. It is represented by a few athletes
in the XXVIII Olympiad. And now Philippines. An island state in
southeastern Asia… …with the boxer Christopher Camat
as flag bearer. He keeps up Philippines’ tradition
in boxing. It gained 5 medals in total. Out of 9 won by this country. And now Finland. With the sailor Thomas Johanson
flag bearer. The country of Paovo Nurmi. This for athletics fans. The flying Finnish. He accomplished one of the glorious
achievements… …in the history of Olympic Games. He first won in 1500 m. and
two hours later in 5000 m. A country with tradition
in javelin throw. 237 medals in total. Fiji Islands. With a woman judoka Naisaga
Rasokisoki as flag bearer. Her name is rather difficult
to remember. As the parade keeps going
in alphabetical order… …and is reaching its end,
Chile follows. A country in South America. With Kristel Kobrich, swimmer,
as flag bearer. Chile who has won 9 medals
in total in Olympics. In 5 participations. In 5 postwar Olympiads. It has been represented in
19 Olympic games. Hong Kong now. With Hiu Wai Cherry Tsai,
swimmer. Hong Kong is an independent
state but… …the thunderous applause is
for the Hellenic delegation… …which is entering the stadium. It is standard practice for the host
country to enter the stadium last. Greece was the host country
in this Olympiad… …and the country which
should parade first. As it happens in Amsterdam
since 1928… …where it was established the Hellenic
team to enter the stadium first. This time Greece was the
host country and… …organizer of the Games,
that is why we parade last. Flag bearer is Pyrros Dimas. The athlete who won glory for his
country in the last 3 Olympiads. Greece is entering the Stadium.
68 medals. 22 medals in athletics, 11 in shooting
and we are referring… …to prewar Olympiads,
the first indeed. We have also won many medals in
wrestling. 8 medals in Greco-Roman. But also in weightlifting
thanks to Christos Iakovou’s… …Dream Team.
14 medals in wrestling. Our athletes are drawing heavy
and enthusiastic applause. They aspire to break every record
in these Olympics. Even this may not happen,
we all strongly believe that… …we will be creditably represented
with such a large delegation. 441 male and female athletes will… …represent us for the first
time in nearly all events. We stand a fair chance of winning. This, however,
is of little importance. The important thing is that the
host city of the Olympic Games,… …Greece aspires to make a good show
with this large delegation. You saw Greece’s Prime Minister. Mr Konstantinos Karamanlis. The people in the stadium are
applauding loudly our athletes. Lena Daniilidou and other popular
athletes are passing before us. Male and female athletes. They are walking carrying the
Greek flag winning wild applause. They are doing the round
of the stadium. Greece with 10 gold medals
in Olympics in 1896. We all know Spyros Louis. There were also Olympic winners
nobody ever remembered. Such as Konstantinidis in cycling. Christopoulos in rings. Fragoudis in shooting. Karasevdas in shooting. Malonikis in swimming. Pyrgos in fencing. Sports that did not flourish
ever since. Mrs Angelopoulou, Mr Karamanlis
the Prime Minister. And the President of the Republic,
Kostis Stefanopoulos… …are applauding our athletes
heartily, welcomed with enthusiasm. A stirring moment for
Greek sports. Here is Charalampos Papanikolaou who
is not an active swimmer any more. A veteran swimmer with many
sports achievements, now a coach. Many more athletes, official escorts,
coaches, everyone parades. They all feel deeply moved the way
an athlete feels… …this unforgettable moment, the moment he enters
the Olympic stadium… …to take part in Olympic
Games,… …the larges-scale sports
contest on earth. The camera is focusing
on Greek athletes… …and the parade is completed. It was the Mayor of Athens,
Mrs Dora Bakoyanni. And Juan Antonio Samaranch. Panagiotis Giannakis. The coach of the basketball
national team. They are all applauded
loudly and heartily. The Hellenic Olympic delegation
with the largest number of entries… …in the history of the Olympics. The Hellenic delegation completes
the athletes’ parade. A fabulous parade. A memorable moment for Greece. When will the Olympic Games
be held again in Greece? You see the way spectators
are greeting the Greek athletes. Let us add that the stadium is lit
in white and blue. In the colors of the Greek flag. The Hellenic delegation
on your tv. It is ready to take its place
in the playing field… …so as the parade ends up. Then we will continue with the
rest of the programme… …provided by the Protocol
of the Opening ceremony. A group of Greek women athletes. Everyone is enjoying
this unique moment. Joy and excitement are written on
all over their faces. They live these
unforgettable moments. Moments indelibly imprinted in… …the athletes’ brain. This is a general view of
the stadium… …after the parade of
all countries. 202 countries. Have a bird’s-eye view of
our Olympic stadium. This mosaic of athletes of
the countries… …which took part in the parade. A colorful map of humanity. A map of peoples that nothing
can split them… …because the things that unite us
are much more than… …those that drift us apart. The Olympic Games is an
opportunity for all… …to remember the things
that unite the world. The heartbeat. The leitmotif of this marvelous
Opening ceremony. That is sea,
our common mother. That is earth,
our common mother as well. That is DNA. Different in each one of us,
but in all of us. The Opening ceremony broadcast live
from the Olympic stadium. Ladies and Gentlemen, dear friends… …we are watching these
unique moments. The parade of the 202
participating countries… …in the XXVIII Olympics
has just finished. Athens Games. Greece’s Games.
2004 Olympic Games. And the flags. The flags of the countries… …and we all hope that
the Olympic truce will prevail… …during these two weeks. The Games officially begin tonight
and end up on 29 August. Thousands, millions, billions of
people from… …all over the world turn
their attention to… …this small country,
to this little boat… …sailing around the endless sea
of the world. Dear friends, there are moments we
feel we should thank God! For the moments we shared. We are welcoming you to the country
where athletics is born… …and we wish you good luck. It is time to pay tribute to
the former Olympic cities. Athens 1896, Panathenean stadium. And revival of the ancient Olympics
in Olympia. Two men had a vision towards the close
of the 19th century. The former was Greek,
the latter was French. Their vision was to revive
the ancient Olympic Games… …in Olympia and spread the news
all over the world. The former was Pierre de Coubertin. The latter was Dimitrios Vikellas. Their vision, their dream
came true in Athens in 1896. The first modern Olympic Games. Coubertin’s dream as much as
Vikellas’ dream… …came true. 1896, the first Olympic Games. The runner with the flag
representing the olive wreath. Made by Giannis Moralis,
the Greek abstractive painter. The runner is slowly cutting
the thread. 1900, Paris. 1904, Saint Louis,
1908, London… …1912. Stockholm… …and the first stop for the
Games. The World War I broke. However, the runner,
athletics… …and the Olympic movement
are up again. He keeps on running. 1920, Antwerp, 1924, Paris,
1928, Amsterdam… …1932, Los Angeles, 1936, Berlin. A new stop.
World War II. The Olympic Games in 1940,
never held in 1944. The sports movement, however,
is strong. 1948, London, 1952 Helsinki,
1956, Melbourne, 1960, Rome… …1964, Tokyo,
1968, Mexico City… …1972, Munich, 1976, Montreal,
1980, Moscow, 1984, Los Angeles. 1988, Seoul, 1992, Barcelona,
1996, Atlanta, 2000, Sydney. 2004. The runner is getting
into the centre of the stadium. The Olympic Games “homecoming”. They come back to the place where
they were born. Olympic stadium, Athens,
13 August 2004. Athens, Greece,
all Greeks… …welcome the XXVIII Olympic Games. Brilliant athletes of the world,
dear spectators… The President of the International
Olympic Committee… …Jacques Rogge, and the President of the
Organizing Committee… …for the Olympic Games Athens 2004,
Gianna Angelopoulos-Daskalaki. The ritual of the XXVIII Olympiad
continues… …on the steps
where the olive tree stands. The IOC President,
the Belgian doctor Jacques Rogge… …and Mrs Gianna
Angelopoulos-Daskalaki. President of the Organizing Committee. First Mrs Angelopoulou’s address. To the athletes, technicians,
coaches, sports fans, spectators. Welcome! You are welcome to the Olympic Games
of the XXVIII Olympiad. Welcome to a unique Olympic
celebration. Athletes of the world… …we are the only, true
worthy heirs. The Olympic Games will take place… …here, in Greece
where once all begun. You compete with passion
but you compete in peace. Your achievements in
are for us… …the definition of beauty. When you compete racial
discriminations disappear. Greece is for the second
time in 108 years… …the host country of the greatest
celebration of humanity. Baron Pierre de Coubertin
once said… …that celebrating the Olympic Games
we revive history. In the next 16 days, you will
see that Greece’s heritage… …finds new and modern
modes of expression… …of the Greeks’ achievements. This is the new Greece we invite
you to discover. You will be excited… …and deeply moved watching… …the best athletes of
the world… …trying to do their best. Here in Athens. Greece will fire the world’s
imagination. The Olympic flame lit Acropolis
yesterday night. Tonight, its international journey
comes to an end… …and lights all of us. Mrs Angelopoulou concludes his speech
by saying that in one day… …the Flame travelled in time
3,000 years of history… …from Acropolis to the stadium,
a modern symbol of our Games. Greece is here! We are ready! Millions of Greeks worked hard,… …body and soul, in order to be
here this very moment. Together we write a new
and wonderful chapter… …in the history of the Games. Tonight we make history.
Tonight with you and thanks to you. We looked forward this moment. Let us enjoy it. Let us celebrate together
with our guests… …the athletes and visitors. Let us celebrate with the whole world. Olympic Games,
welcome! 108 years after Spyros Louis,… …born in Maroussi who… …carried water for a living.
There were no sponsors at that time. There were no coaches, no stadiums. Only the Panathenean stadium. Dr Jacques Rogge, IOC President,
takes the microphone. Dear President of the
Hellenic Republic… Dear friends… Tonight the whole world
pays tribute… …to Greece. Humanity owes… …to you this great adventure
of the Olympic Games… …that you founded in Olympia
28 centuries ago. The world honors you for the
revival of the Olympic Games… …in 1896 here, in Athens. After Pierre de Coubertin’s call,… …founder and visionary
of the modern Olympic Games. The world honors and
thanks you tonight… …because you organized the Olympic
Games at their birth country. My warmest thanks to
Gianna Angelopoulos-Daskalaki… …and her enthusiastic
collaborators. Our thanks to the Greek
political authorities as well… …which transformed Athens
with their works. I thank you all. I thank all those who have supported
the Games and especially… …the wonderful volunteers. Nothing would have be done
without them. Athletes, I am addressing
to you now. This is the moment you
deserve to enjoy. The peak of your hard work
and commitment. You showed to us with your
behavior that sports… …becomes increasingly
pure and reliable. Prove that you reject doping… …and you respect the fair play. Here Jacques Rogge wins
thunderous applause… …after the last phrase he said. Today our world needs peace,
tolerance… …and fraternity. Athletes from 202 countries,
show to us that sports… …unites overcoming national,
political, religious… …and language barriers. Let the Games held in peace. In the true spirit of the Olympic
truce which was born here. Democracy was also born here. Thank you, Athens.
Thank you, Greece. I have the honor of inviting the
President of the Hellenic Republic… …to proclaim open the Games. I declare open the Olympic Games of… …Athens celebrating
the XXVIII Olympiad… …of the modern era. The President of the Republic
declared open the Games… …of the XXVIII Olympiad in the presence
of athletes from 202 countries. The 204 tv channels broadcast
these Games. My microphone to Nikos Katsaros. Five bells signaled the Opening
of the Olympic Games too. Five bells representing the
five continents of the earth. We continue the Opening ceremony
ritual with… …the Olympic Flag entering
the stadium. The Olympic Flag carried by eight
great Greek athletes. All athletes holders of gold
or silver medals. Petros Galaktopoulos, silver
medal in wrestling, Munich 1972. Bronze medal in Mexico in 1968. The legendary Petran.
Niki Bakoyannis behind him. Silver medal in Atlanta in
high jump, 2,3 m. Leonidas Kokkas, silver medal
in Atlanta, 1996. Weightlifting, 94 kg. Valerios Leonidis is next. Silver medal in Atlanta, 1996
in weightlifting, 64 kg. An older great athlete,
Ilias Chatzipavlis, sailor,… …won the silver medal in single-handed
dinghy men Finn in Munich, 1972. With him a representative of
our national team which triumphed… …in the European Championship
in Portugal. Angelos Basinas. Behind Michalis Mouroutsos, gold
medal in taekwondo in Sydney. A little behind Demosthenis Tabakos. Silver medal in rings, Sydney 2000. He is our hope in this Olympiad. The Olympic Flag continues
its course… …to Mikis Theodorakis’ strains… …from the ballet
“In Zorba’s Orchards”. Present in this Ceremony is also
Mikis Theodorakis. He could not be absent
and he should not… …as was not absent the great
Manos Hatzidakis. The Flag with the five rings
symbolizing the five continents… …was adopted as the symbol of
the Olympic Games… …in 1914 and was first raised
in Antwerp Olympiad in 1920. All are thrilled with
what they see. The Olympic Flag reached the
flagstaff. It’ll be raised in a while. To the strains of the
Olympic Hymn. Lyrics by Costis Palamas
and music by Spyros Samaras. Ladies and Gentlemen, the Olympic
Oaths in the spirit of fair play. Baron Pierre de Coubertin wrote
the Athletes’ Oath. First taken by Belgian fencer
Victor Boin at the 1920 Antwerp Games. We hear Zoi Dimoschaki. “In the name of all competitors,
I promise to take part…” “…in these Olympic Games,
respecting and abiding…” “…by the rules that govern
them…” …committed to compete without any
forbidden methods and substances…” “…in the true spirit
of sportsmanship…” “…for the glory of sports
and the honor of our teams”. We heard the 19 year-old swimmer,
European champion in 2001… …200 m and 400 m freestyle. And now Lazaros Voreadis. “In the name of all the judges,
I promise…” “…that we shall officiate…” “…in these Olympic Games…” “…with complete impartiality,
respecting and abiding…” “…by the rules
which govern them…” “…in the true spirit
of sportsmanship.” A top basketball referee. More than two thousand matches
and 300 international matches. He spoke the Official’s Oath,
the referee’s. And after the Olympic Oaths… …it is time for the Flame’s
Journey to end here. The world flame of the Olympic
Movement with his symbol. Dove, the symbol of peace. The dove is freed to symbolize
peace and Olympism. The Flame was lit in Olympic,
travelled the world… Men and Women athletes, runners
hovering over the stadium. They are hovering carrying
the luminous torch… …heading for the concentric
circles,… …the rings which symbolize
the globe… …revealing the cities… …which first welcomed
the Olympic Flame. A Flame which started its journey
in Ancient Olympia on 25 March,… …covered a distance of 78,000 km
carried by 3,600 torch bearers. You see the cities
the Flame visited… …and the runners symbolizing
thousands of people who… …had the honor of passing
the Flame to the whole world. More than 260,000,000 people had the
opportunity to see the Flame. In 26 countries and 34 cities. For the first time in the history
of the Torch Relay… …the Flame set off from Olympia
to end up in Athens. Athens 2004.
XXVIII Olympic Games. The Olympic Flame. The Olympic Flame is in Athens. This is the last part
of his long journey… …after having passed
by the five continents… …and all the cities where
Olympic Games were held. It was carried by thousands of people
of all ages to end up in the… …hands of six great figures
of Greek sports. This is Nikos Galis. We do not have much to say. The man who changed the course
of Greek sports. Not only the basketball’s course.
This prominent figure,… …this great athlete is the
first torch bearer… …entering the stadium to
hand over the Flame to… …Mimis Domazos, the glory
of Greek football. Another great figure
of Greek sports. The football player who won glory for
our country with the national team. He played for Panathinaikos
and for AEK for a while. Mimis Domazos is the
second torch bearer. He is running like a youth.
He enjoys it. Voula Patoulidou follows. The first gold medal in athletics
after Spyros Louis’s. She made history when she
uttered “For Greece, damn it!”… …the moment she won the
100 m hurdles… …gold medal in Barcelona. Konstantinos Tsiklitiras in 1912… …in sports events not appearing
in the Olympic schedule any more. There are two more left and let us see
who is the last torch bearer. Kachi Kachiasvilis is now taking
the torch. Three times Olympic winner.
Barcelona, Atlanta and Sydney. He is our hope in this Olympiad. He will pass the Flame to Ioannis
Melissanidis, Olympian in Atlanta. Olympic winner in gymnastics
floor exercises in Atlanta, 1996. He took part in Sydney Olympics
but he did not win a title. It does not matter. A gold medal in a sport such as
rhythmic sportive gymnastics… …in which Greece had never
won a medal… …is a great achievement for
the young man from Thessaloniki. And now Nikos Kaklamanakis
is the last torch bearer. Olympic Winner in Atlanta,
windsurfing men Mistral. Born in 1968. He will pass the
Flame to the cauldron. He makes his way through the different
flags to the centre of the stadium. 19 August 1968. He has his
birthday in six days. He is getting close, he is walking up
the stairs to reach the cauldron… A big moment for this great
and modest young athlete. He will take part in the
Olympic Games… …aiming at a medal in
windsurfing. And now the big moment. The Olympic Flame at the cauldron. The most crucial moment at the
beginning of the Games. No Games without a Flame. Here is the XXVIII Olympiad
officially starting. The XXVIII Olympic Games, after
108 years after the 1896 Athens Games. Spyros Louis’s Athens Games. May the Olympic Flame carry a
message of love, peace and friendship. All over the world. The image you see is seen by
8 billion eyes… …all around the world. It is the great moment
of the Olympic Games. The Flame above a stadium filled
with enthusiasm and colors. Athletes from 202 countries. A huge and modern stadium. Built for the
1982 European Championship. Rebuilt for the 2004 Olympics. The message of love, peace
and friendship to all peoples. This is the Flame of the
Olympic Movement. To the strains of Sostakovitch. Ladies and Gentlemen, our friends… …are there words to
describe this moment? “You are a dove”, music by Manos
Hatzidakis, lyrics Nikos Gatsos. Two prominent figures
of modern Greece. Two great artists who passed away
and we miss them… …but who are always with us. Manos and Nikos. Brilliant artists. Another sample of sensitivity
and love… …on Mr Papaioannou and his
competetent collaborators part… …for what Greece means. Nearly 20 composers offered their
music in tonight’s evening. Mikis Theodorakis, Manos Hatzidakis,
Stavros Xarchakos… …Dimitri Sostakovitch,
Verdi, Gustav Mahler. A special evening inspired by
Dimitris Papaioannou. Director and creator
of this idea… Texts by Lina Nikolakopoulou. Dear spectators from around the world
the Opening Ceremony came to an end. Thank you for being
with us tonight. Dimitris Papaioannou
invited us… …to a Ceremony that sung, danced,
painted, flew through time. Redolent of Greece in the past,
at present and in the future. Redolent of the saltiness of the
sea sung more than anything else. The beauty of the wild olive. The director, choreographer, painter
the magical poet of the image… …Dimitris Papaioannou presented
to us a transparent, plain Ceremony… …like the Greek civilization
we celebrated, we still are. He invited us along with
our memories… …to travel into the dream,
so we did it. A travel back in time, the past
which defines the present… …of this country and determines
tomorrow. He invited us to live again
our civilization. Classic, modern, its symbols
and values taught… …influenced and still influence
humanity. As Melina Merkouri said… “Our culture is the greatest
and most precious asset.”