Canadian Stars Usher in Winter Olympic Games
By Bryan Alexander Posted Feb 13th 2010 12:41AM
Canadians Bryan Adams and Nelly Furtado led a rousing tribute to all the athletes before the ceremony turned into a technological spectacle celebrating Canada's diversity and natural beauty. More than 100 screens around the stadium projected video and images to turn the venue into a re-creation of Canada's constellations, oceans, rivers and forests, according to CNN.com.
Singer-songwriter Sarah McLachlan, a British Columbia resident, sang as members of the Alberta Ballet danced among holographic images of the huge trees of an old growth forest.
Hours before the Winter Olympics were set to open in Vancouver, a Georgian luge competitor died after a horrific accident during training.
Nodar Kumaritashvili, 21, was training at the Whistler Sliding Centre in Whistler, B.C., when his sled veered off the Olympic track and crashed into a steel pole at 90 mph.
The seven-athlete Georgian delegation, wearing black armbands in tribute to Kumaritashvili, entered the opening ceremony to a standing ovation from the more than 60,000 spectators in attendance. A black ribbon was tied atop the Georgian flag.
The creators of the 25th anniversary "We Are the World" took advantage of the audience to show three minutes of the upcoming reboot which will air in its entirety on Saturday.
The new "We Are the World" opens with teen heartthrob Justin Bieber and the star power skyrockets from there, according to E!Online.
Also featured in Friday's snippet were Barbra Streisand, Miley Cyrus, Fergie, Jennifer Hudson, Nicole Scherzinger, Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles, Céline Dion, Josh Groban, LL Cool J, Nick Jonas, Lil Wayne, Jeff Bridges, Kanye West and Vince Vaughn.
Michael Jackson was featured in a clip from the original version.
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