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<b>Ryder Cup, 2010</b><br />
During the opening ceremony for the Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor, the highlight was undoubtedly when American captain Corey Pavin forgot one his players. As the former US Open champion announced the American team to the crowd and a world wide audience, he neglected to name Stewart Cink - a former champion no less. The embarrassing moment was handled exceptionally well, when after Cink caught his captain's eye (pictured), Pavin asked the crowd to give "a special round of applause" as Cink got to his feet

<b>Ryder Cup, 2010</b><br /> During the opening ceremony for the Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor, the highlight was undoubtedly when American captain Corey Pavin forgot one his players. As the former US Open champion announced the American team to the crowd and a world wide audience, he neglected to name Stewart Cink - a former champion no less. The embarrassing moment was handled exceptionally well, when after Cink caught his captain's eye (pictured), Pavin asked the crowd to give "a special round of applause" as Cink got to his feet

&lt;b&gt;Beijing Olympics, 2008&lt;/b&gt;&lt;br /&gt;
An incredible opening ceremony at the Birds Nest stadium was overshadowed when it was revealed that the girl who 'sang' the national anthem was in fact miming to another girl's voice. Amongst the sparkling fireworks and flawless dance routines it was nine-year-old, pigtailed Lin Miaoke who stole the show. But Beijing officials were forced to admit the pitch perfect voice wasn't that of Miaoke, but actually Yang Peiyi (pictured). Seven-year-old Peiyi had won a national competition to perform 'Hymn to the Motherland', but organisers deemed she was unsuitable for a starring role due to her buck teeth

<b>Beijing Olympics, 2008</b><br /> An incredible opening ceremony at the Birds Nest stadium was overshadowed when it was revealed that the girl who 'sang' the national anthem was in fact miming to another girl's voice. Amongst the sparkling fireworks and flawless dance routines it was nine-year-old, pigtailed Lin Miaoke who stole the show. But Beijing officials were forced to admit the pitch perfect voice wasn't that of Miaoke, but actually Yang Peiyi (pictured). Seven-year-old Peiyi had won a national competition to perform 'Hymn to the Motherland', but organisers deemed she was unsuitable for a starring role due to her buck teeth

&lt;b&gt;World Cup, 1994&lt;/b&gt;&lt;br /&gt;
When the United States won the right to host the 1994 World Cup it was felt that while they may not know much about football, they do know how to put on a good show. But Diana Ross ensured that they didn't even do that right. After singing at the opening ceremony, the Chain Reaction performer was supposed to take a penalty. When her shot went wide of the posts from a few yards out, it was made to look all the more ridiculous when the goal split in half in a stunt meant to indicate her 'smashing' the back of the net

<b>World Cup, 1994</b><br /> When the United States won the right to host the 1994 World Cup it was felt that while they may not know much about football, they do know how to put on a good show. But Diana Ross ensured that they didn't even do that right. After singing at the opening ceremony, the Chain Reaction performer was supposed to take a penalty. When her shot went wide of the posts from a few yards out, it was made to look all the more ridiculous when the goal split in half in a stunt meant to indicate her 'smashing' the back of the net

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&lt;b&gt;Seoul Olympics, 1988&lt;/b&gt;&lt;br /&gt;
As part of the opening ceremony for the Korean Olympics, a flock of doves were released into the stadium as a symbol of peace. But things turned for from peaceful for the birds when as the Olympic cauldron was lit, a number of doves were burnt alive. Organisers have since learnt their lesson - balloon doves were used for the 1994 Lillehammer Winter Games while paper imitations were set free in Atlanta in 1996

<b>Seoul Olympics, 1988</b><br /> As part of the opening ceremony for the Korean Olympics, a flock of doves were released into the stadium as a symbol of peace. But things turned for from peaceful for the birds when as the Olympic cauldron was lit, a number of doves were burnt alive. Organisers have since learnt their lesson - balloon doves were used for the 1994 Lillehammer Winter Games while paper imitations were set free in Atlanta in 1996

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&lt;b&gt;Barcelona Olympics, 1992&lt;/b&gt;&lt;br /&gt;
There were cauldron problems again at the very next Olympic Games. In a daring and inventive set-piece, paralympic archer Antonio Rebello fired a flaming arrow which lit up the cauldron. The arrow scorched over the crowd before landing in the cauldron bringing it roaring to life. Or so it seemed. Sharp sighted viewers pointed out that the arrow actually went over its target, but it wasn't a mistake. Organisers instructed Rebello to fire it too far, fearing the consequences had it fallen short

<b>Barcelona Olympics, 1992</b><br /> There were cauldron problems again at the very next Olympic Games. In a daring and inventive set-piece, paralympic archer Antonio Rebello fired a flaming arrow which lit up the cauldron. The arrow scorched over the crowd before landing in the cauldron bringing it roaring to life. Or so it seemed. Sharp sighted viewers pointed out that the arrow actually went over its target, but it wasn't a mistake. Organisers instructed Rebello to fire it too far, fearing the consequences had it fallen short

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&lt;b&gt;Los Angeles Olympics, 1984&lt;/b&gt;&lt;br /&gt;
Los Angeles brought a Hollywood touch to the opening ceremony of the 1984 Olympics, and in doing so took the levels of pomposity and over-blown theatrics to a new level. At the climax of the event, rocket-pack-wearing Bill Suitor came flying into the stadium with the use of a jet pack, all while wearing an astronaut costume

<b>Los Angeles Olympics, 1984</b><br /> Los Angeles brought a Hollywood touch to the opening ceremony of the 1984 Olympics, and in doing so took the levels of pomposity and over-blown theatrics to a new level. At the climax of the event, rocket-pack-wearing Bill Suitor came flying into the stadium with the use of a jet pack, all while wearing an astronaut costume

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&lt;b&gt;World Cup, 2010 &lt;/b&gt;&lt;br /&gt;
This year's World Cup in South Africa also included an unexpected appearance during the opening ceremony... a human sized dung beetle. And as unexpected as that was, there was even more surprise when two slightly smaller dung beetles could be seen to be rolling around football size pieces of, well, dung

<b>World Cup, 2010 </b><br /> This year's World Cup in South Africa also included an unexpected appearance during the opening ceremony... a human sized dung beetle. And as unexpected as that was, there was even more surprise when two slightly smaller dung beetles could be seen to be rolling around football size pieces of, well, dung

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&lt;b&gt;London Olympics, 1908&lt;/b&gt;&lt;br /&gt;
It would seem that opening ceremony gaffes have been occurring for over 100 years. When Britain last hosted the Olympic Games in 1908 the ceremony included national flags for the first time. A nice idea apart from the London organisers forgot to include American and Swedish ones. It's claimed that in retaliation for this snub, American flag bearers refused to dip their national colours as a courtesy when passing by King Edward VII

<b>London Olympics, 1908</b><br /> It would seem that opening ceremony gaffes have been occurring for over 100 years. When Britain last hosted the Olympic Games in 1908 the ceremony included national flags for the first time. A nice idea apart from the London organisers forgot to include American and Swedish ones. It's claimed that in retaliation for this snub, American flag bearers refused to dip their national colours as a courtesy when passing by King Edward VII

&lt;b&gt;Beijing Olympics, 2008&lt;/b&gt;&lt;br /&gt;
Back to Beijing to conclude our round-up of moments. As well as opening ceremonies, it now appears necessary to have a closing one as well. To mark the end of the Beijing Games they handed over a small segment of time to London organisers to indicate the transition of the Games to Britain. And in doing so London almost single-handedly ruined what had been a spectacular event. It involved David Beckham kicking balls randomly into the crowd, some people with umbrellas (as if we needed to bring attention to the rubbish weather in England) and worst of all, Boris Johnson. As the London Mayor attempted to swing an oversized flag a collective shudder of embarrassment could be felt rippling across the country. Bring on London 2012

<b>Beijing Olympics, 2008</b><br /> Back to Beijing to conclude our round-up of moments. As well as opening ceremonies, it now appears necessary to have a closing one as well. To mark the end of the Beijing Games they handed over a small segment of time to London organisers to indicate the transition of the Games to Britain. And in doing so London almost single-handedly ruined what had been a spectacular event. It involved David Beckham kicking balls randomly into the crowd, some people with umbrellas (as if we needed to bring attention to the rubbish weather in England) and worst of all, Boris Johnson. As the London Mayor attempted to swing an oversized flag a collective shudder of embarrassment could be felt rippling across the country. Bring on London 2012

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<b>Ryder Cup, 2010</b><br /> During the opening ceremony for the Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor, the highlight was undoubtedly when American captain Corey Pavin forgot one his players. As the former US Open champion announced the American team to the crowd and a world wide audience, he neglected to name Stewart Cink - a former champion no less. The embarrassing moment was handled exceptionally well, when after Cink caught his captain's eye (pictured), Pavin asked the crowd to give "a special round of applause" as Cink got to his feet

In the last few days both the Ryder Cup and Commonwealth Games have opened with glitzy, overblown ceremonies.

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These events are a bit like a trip to the dentist. They're not much fun but it's something you have to do. Although, it does differ from the dentist in that it tends to be more enjoyable when something goes wrong.



Here, we take a look at some of the more memorable opening ceremonies when the meticulous choreography didn't go to plan.


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