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The worst opening ceremonies ever to grace a major sporting event

Friday 27 July sees the opening ceremony of the London Olympics. Let's hope artistic director Danny Boyle's show is nothing like these flops…

One small step

The 1991 World Student Games were held in Sheffield. Who better to open them than local lass and first British astronaut Helen Sharman, fresh from a trip to the Mir space station? Trouble was, more used to floating weightless than trotting round a track, she tripped and dropped the torch, extinguishing the ceremonial flame.

The tooth will out

The 2008 Olympics' opening bash at Beijing's Bird's Nest stadium was deemed a success, with spectacular fireworks (aided by CGI, it turned out) and flawless dance routines. Yet controversy ensued when it emerged that cute, pigtailed nine-year-old Lin Miaoke, who "sang" the national anthem, was miming to another schoolgirl's voice. Embarrassed organisers were forced to admit that the vocals actually belonged to seven-year-old Yang Peiyi, who had won
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