Dealing with the tragic death of one athlete, the Vancouver Olympics managed a stunning visual and star-studded opening on Friday.

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