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A mpJ Qhua inrimQAp cime faanim 4-41141 4-41141 4-41141 ftll UlIIIGI U1 III W W DJWVjl I Olympics open with simple pomp, bitter cold weather and the wave Ru MIKP I nPRF?TI mure man aimeies ana nun-siup nun-siup nun-siup music ana dancing. suuw yuu mc iicai ij uays u u Gannett News Service CALGARY Somewhere between between the march of the athletes and the lighting of the flame, the frozen fans started the wave, possibly an Olympic first. Two times around Mc-Mahon Mc-Mahon Mc-Mahon Stadium and even the Russians Russians were into it, so who knows when it'll hit Kiev? Amid such quadrennial pomp and circumstance; in color, song and dance; before 60,000 shivering fans on site and two billion considerably more comfortable television viewers around the world, the 15th Winter Olympiad officially began Saturday. More than 2,700 athletes and 6,000 performers took part in the emotional ceremony, each and every every one sharing two things in common: common: The Olympic spirit. Cold hands, noses and feet. An arctic front roared through Calgary early in the morning, dropping dropping temperatures into the teens with winds gusting to 40 miles an hour. "Look out for one another," the man said over the loud speaker before before the ceremony, warning fans to be wary of the signs of frostbite. But Calgary had worked a long time for this, and weather wasn't going to stop a celebration of nearly non-stop non-stop non-stop music and dancing. Instead of using some high-tech high-tech high-tech acts such as Los Angeles did four years ago in the Summer Olympics, the Calgary organizers preferred to stick to simple music and dance with a western theme, mostly by thousands thousands of area children who had practiced practiced up to a year for their five minutes minutes on the world's stage. Calgary was eager for its moment in the sun, even if the sun was behind the snow cloud. Nearly everything went smoothly with the performers, from the Indians Indians who still honor a 1 1 1-year 1-year 1-year treaty with the Canadian government to the jet precision team flying overhead. "What these athletes are going to show you the next 15 days is real," said Frank King, chairman of the local organzing committee. "The dream has become a reality." There were the traditional rituals of lighting the Olympic torch, with the honors done by Robyn Perry, 12, an area seventh-grader. seventh-grader. seventh-grader. There, too, were the trappings and realities of a modern Olympics. An hour before the ceremony started, the announcer chirped instructions instructions for all fans to find the parkas that were left in their seats and wear them a certain way way "for better television effect." The See OLYMPICS, back page this section

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  1. News-Press,
  2. 14 Feb 1988, Sun,
  3. Main Edition,
  4. Page 1

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