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The five interlocking rings – designed by Pierre de Coubertin, founder of the modern Olympic Games – represent the bringing together of the world’s five inhabited continents.

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The Olympic Flag

was first flown at the Antwerp Games in 1920.

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Jacques Rogge

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Sebastian Coe

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Spirit of the Flame

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Did you know?

The costumes worn by the corps de ballet are designed by Michael Sharp and encrusted with Swarovski crystals.

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Darcey was partnered by The Royal Ballet’s Gary Avis, Jonathan Cope, Nehemiah Kish and Ed Watson.

Darcey on stage with The Royal Ballet’s Gary Avis, Jonathan Cope, Nehemiah Kish and Ed Watson.
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After the Games, each competing team will take home one of the petals that makes up the Cauldron and the Cauldron will cease to exist.

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Darcey Bussell

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Designer Thomas Heatherwick’s Cauldron was lit by seven young Torchbearers – aspiring athletes – at the Opening Ceremony.

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