The opening ceremony of the Olympic Games is just hours away, and the world is gearing up for a couple weeks of sporting brilliance.
Internet giant Google is joining in the festivities (while based in the U.S., it has operations all over the world), and is featuring an Olympics-themed doodle on its homepage today, celebrating the opening ceremony.
Here are some things that happen during the ceremony, according to London2012.com:
- The Head of State is received at the entrance of the stadium by the President of the IOC. Jacques Rogge will greet the Queen.
- There will be a parade of athletes - a procession of all participating teams, country by country, in alphabetical order (except for the Greek team, which enters first, and the host nation, which marches last.
- Speeches are made by LOCOG Chair Seb Coe and Rogge.Then, the Queen will be invited to officially declare the Games open.
- The Olympic flag is carried to the stadium, and hoisted, while the anthem plays.
- An athlete, judge and coach from the host nation each stand on the rostrum and, hold a corner of the IOC flag in their left hand. They each raise their right hand, and take the Oath, vowing to compete and judge based on the rules of their sports.
- The ceremony ends with the entrance of the Olympic Flame, which is passed through the athletes to the final Torchbearer, who lights the cauldron. This signifies the beginning fo the games, and the flame burns throughout.
This is not the first doodle Google has featured this week. The company ran one on Tuesday, honoring pilot Amelia Earhart.
On another Olympics/Internet-related noted note, EDF Engergy and Sosolimited have teamed up to put on what EDF calls the world’s first social media-powered light show. It uses tweets, and turns them into a real-time light show using the London Eye, a famous Ferris Wheel in the city, and determines the mood of the tweets to dictate the color of the lighting.