2012 Olympics Closing Ceremony Preview: Top 5 Stories

August 10, 2012

Union flag is projected onto Buckingham Palace. Photo credit: REUTERS/Toby Melville

2012 Olympics Closing Ceremony Preview: Top 5 Stories

It’s almost time to say goodbye to the international event that’s kept us glued to our TVs for the past few weeks. Before the athletes take home their hardware, London is gearing up to for a send-off the Olympians—and you—will never forget.

Here are some highlights for the Closing Ceremony.

• The ceremony is entitled “A Symphony of British Music,” to celebrate how important music has been for Britain’s culture. It will feature 4,100 performers, including 3,500 adult volunteers and 380 children from six East London Host Boroughs. Fun Fact: The London Symphony Orchestra recorded the soundtracks for both the Opening and Closing Ceremonies.

• Following a tradition that began at Melbourne 1956, athletes do not march by nationality, as they do in the opening ceremony. They enter the stadium together in single file, led by the delegation flag bearers.

• Three national flags will be presented on flagpoles: Greece, to honor the birthplace of the Olympic Games; United Kingdom, the host nation; and Brazil, the nation hosting the next Olympic Games.

• The appointed creative director and choreographer is Kim Gavin. Even if he has produced some of the biggest live events in his career, this might be his biggest challenge yet.

• As far as big names go, you probably won’t be disappointed. Ed Sheeran—a British singer-songwriter sensation—will perform with some members of Pink Floyd. There are also rumors about a Spice Girls comeback, a One Direction performance, and The Beatles via hologram! We’ll just have to wait and see.

Wish you were there? You can be with DIRECTV. Watch the Closing Ceremony on Sunday, August 12 at 8:00 p.m. on NBC.