Take a look back at the top previous Olympic opening ceremonies. -- By Lauren Jones
At the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics, fireworks ignite at the National Stadium for the opening ceremonies of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.
During the opening ceremony for the Beijing 2008 Olympics in Beijing, performers dance around a raised sphere, Friday, Aug. 8, 2008
The 2008 Beijing Olympics opening ceremony was one of the most memorable of all the Olympic Games. Pictured here are dancers performing during the opening ceremonies in Beijing, Friday, Aug. 8, 2008.
Performers reassemble the national stadium, also known as "Bird's Nest" as they fill the floor of the National Stadium during the opening ceremonies for the Beijing 2008 Olympics in Beijing, Friday, Aug. 8, 2008.
Police officers stand guard as fireworks explodes during the opening ceremony in the National Stadium at the Beijing 2008 Olympics in Beijing, Friday, Aug. 8, 2008.
Artists perform during the opening ceremony of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, February 12, 2010.