Rings of Fire
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Opening Ceremonies

Rings of Fire
The Olympic rings are lit in a pool in the Athens Olympic Stadium during today’s opening ceremony. About 10,000 athletes representing 202 countries marched into the stadium in front of 72,000 spectators. (AFP)
Fireworks
Fireworks open the Athens 2004 Olympic Games. (AFP)
Centaur
A Centaur watches after throwing a lance at a sculpture during the 2004 Olympic Games’s opening ceremonies in Athens. (AP)
Fireworks
Fireworks light up the sky over the Olympic Stadium during today’s opening ceremonies. (EPA)
Centaur
A Centaur watches after throwing a lance at a sculpture during today’s opening ceremonies of the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. (AP)
Future
A pregnant woman with a glowing belly, symbolizing the future, walks into an artificial lake during today’s opening ceremonies at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games. (EPA)
Olympic Rings
The five Olympic rings are lit with fire during the opening ceremonies at Athens’ Olympic Stadium. (AFP)
German Team
Germany’s Olympic team waves to the crowd after entering the Olympic Stadium during today’s opening ceremonies in Athens. (EPA)
Artists
Artists perform during the opening ceremonies in Athens. (EPA)
U.S. Delegation
The U.S. delegation, including WNBA basketball player Dawn Staley as flagbearer, enters the stadium during the march of athletes. (AP)
Figure
A stylized figure of Alexander the Great helps to open the games. (EPA)
Afghanistan
Afghanistan’s Olympic team marches into the Olympic Stadium. (EPA)
Lighting
Greek torch bearer Nikolas Kaklamanakis holds the Olympic torch after lighting the cauldron during the Opening Ceremony. (AP)
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