London spent an estimated $14 billion on the Olympics, and kicked off the event last night at the new Olympic Stadium in East London.
There has been much praise, and yet there seems to be an unspoken tide of "let-down". Creative director Danny Boyle said before it began that this show will have a lot of emotions, and booms, but will not compete with Beijing.
Meanwhile, the first Gold has already been won, by China's Yi Siling in the women's 10m Air Rifle and with compatriot Yu Dan taking bronze and Poland's Sylwia Bogacka silver.
Today, Michael Phelps almost did not qualify for the finals in the 400m IM. In fact, had he been ust .08 second slower, he would not have qualified.
Stephan Guide of Germany says "it lacked grandness and the awe effect".
Linda Hollten of Liverpool England says "it was magnificent, so moving".
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