Secrets of the Olympic Ceremonies

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Everything you always wanted to know about Olympic rituals and ceremonies but were too afraid to ask. Untold stories of Olympic intrigue and chicanery woven with secrets and behind-the-scene buzz of how these multimillion-dollar spectacles are put together. It's a privileged, sneak peek into the guarded, secretive world of the making of Olympic ceremonies including:
* Full histories of the various torch relays through the years
* How they lit the cauldrons--from Moscow to Sydney to Beijing
* Who was first with certain stunts and the production concepts you never saw
* More than 150 images-many never-before-published photos and schematics-of Summer and Winter Olympic ceremonies...
make SECRETS the definitive, comprehensive volume on the subject.
Written by someone who's worked with at least two Olympic Games and has watched almost every Olympic ceremony since 1968. Make this your indispensible guide to the magic, wonder and spectacle of the XXXth Olympic Games which open in London on 27 July 2012.
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About the author

Myles Garcia has been a lifelong aficionado of the Olympic Games, especially the ceremonial aspects of it. He has viewed nearly every Olympic ceremony, both Opening and Closing, since 1968. He worked behind the scenes with Los Angeles 1984 and was a cast member in 1996. He was also lucky enough to attend the Barcelona and Beijing opening ceremonies in person. Myles is a member of the ISOH, the International Society of Olympic Historians. In addition, Myles is also a cabaret performer; has worked in television production; advertising; dabbled in the legal support field. Myles holds a bachelor of art's degree in Communications from the University of the Philippines; has competed on Jeopardy!; conceived a trivia-board game project about the Olympics; written three screenplays and is at work on his first stage play. He currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and is available for any sort of Ceremonial consulting.

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Published on
Sep 5, 2014
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Pages
150
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ISBN
9781456608088
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Language
English
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Genres
Performing Arts / Television / Reference
Sports & Recreation / Olympics & Paralympics
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Juan Antonio Samaranch, former President of the International Olympic Committee, called The Olympic Century, “The most comprehensive history of the Olympic games ever published”.

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