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Sunday, August 21, 2016

NBC Olympics Opening Intro and Closing Ceremony Montages From The Past

The 2016 Rio Olympic Games have come to a close. I love watching the Olympics and the 2014 Sochi Games were no different. The joy of victory and the pride to compete was on full display. Thank you Rio for a wonderful two weeks.

In the United States, the Olympics Games television rights are owned by NBC (starting in 1988 for Summer Games, 2002 for Winter Games), CBS (1990s Winter Games) and ABC (1980s Winter Games). For NBC, their many hours of coverage always begins with a poetic introduction that shows off the host country and ends with their Olympics Ceremony credit montage that summarizes the games in spectacular fashion and while it has the expected focus on the US, it doesn't remain entirely there. As have done in previous Olympics here are the ones I could find. I have also added closing credits from 1980s games which are not that good.

I tried to identify the music where possible besides NBC's traditional use of John Williams's "Olympic Fanfare and Theme", Leo Arnaud's "Bugler’s Dream" and Randy Edelman's "Theme from The Adventures of Brisco County Jr". Some of the videos are crap quality since NBC and the Olympic Committee isn't willing to post their versions online. If you find better copies, missing copies, or identify music gaps, please post in the comments.

As always thank you to the Olympians for bringing two weeks of joy, peace and the competitive spirit. Looking forward to the next Olympics.

Olympic Closing Credit Montages

2016 Rio Olympic Summer Games
NBC Final Night Sports Coverage Montage
Music: unknown; "El Latino" by Hardlight; unknown; "Unstoppable" by Sia

NBC Closing Ceremonies Montage (BBC's)
Music: "Titan's Spirit" by Trevor Rabin from movie "Remember the Titans"

HD Version (different music, might be region locked)

2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games
Afternoon Montage

Credits Scroll Music: ? - Earth Chorus (maybe); "We Own The Night" by The Wanted; unknown; "On Top of the World" by Imagine Dragons

End of Closing Ceremonies Montage (link)

2nd Montage Music: "Titan's Spirit" by Trevor Rabin from movie "Remember the Titans"

2012 London Olympic Summer Games
Music: "Finale" by Randy Edelman from movie "Dragonheart"; "Titan's Spirit" by Trevor Rabin from movie "Remember the Titans"

2010 Vancouver Olympic Winter Games
Music: "Finale" by Randy Edelman from movie "Dragonheart"; "Titan's Spirit" by Trevor Rabin from movie "Remember the Titans"

2008 Beijing Olympic Summer Games
Music: "Finale" by Randy Edelman from movie "Dragonheart"; "Titan's Spirit" by Trevor Rabin from movie "Remember the Titans"

2006 Torino Olympic Winter Games
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Music: "Finale" by Randy Edelman from movie "Dragonheart"; "Titan's Spirit" by Trevor Rabin from movie "Remember the Titans"

2004 Athens Olympic Summer Games
Music: "Finale" by Randy Edelman from movie "Dragonheart"; "Titan's Spirit" by Trevor Rabin from movie "Remember the Titans"

2002 Salt Lake City Olympic Winter Games
Music: "Finale" by Randy Edelman from movie "Dragonheart"; "Titan's Spirit" by Trevor Rabin from movie "Remember the Titans"

2000 Sydney Olympic Summer Games
Music: "I Still Call Australia Home" by Peter Allen performed by Australian Girls Choir and National Boys Choir; "The Flame" by Tina Arena

1998 Nagano Olympic Winter Games
Music: "Tribute" by Yanni

1996 Atlanta Olympic Summer Games
Music: "Ode to Joy" by Beethoven; "Main Title" by Randy Edelman from movie "Gettysburg"

1994 Lillehammer Olympic Winter Games
Music: CBS Olympic Theme by Tamara Kline

1992 Albertville Olympic Summer Games - Unable to find

1992 Barcelona Olympic Summer Games

Music: Beethoven's 9th Symphony Fourth Movement "Ode to Joy"

1988 Calgary Winter Games
Music: unknown

1988 Seoul Summer Games
Music: "The Olympic Spirit" by John Williams; unknown

1984 Los Angeles Summer Games
Music: unknown

1984 Sarajevo Winter Games (partial)
Music: unknown

1980 Lake Placid Winter Games
Music: unknown


Olympic Opening Ceremony Intro

2016 Rio Olympic Summer Games
Music: "Warland's Fury" by Audiomachine; "Levanta E Anda" by Emicida; "Full Chemical Gear" by Thomas Newman for movie Jarhead; "The Lion's Heart" by Audiomachine; "Voyage of Dreams" by Audiomachine

2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games
Music: "Deep Heart" by Audiomachine; "Enjoy the Ride" by Oswin MacKintosh; "Breaking Through" by Audiomachine; "Equinox" by Audiomachine

2012 London Olympics Summer Games
Music: "Eterna" by Audiomachine; rest unknown

2010 Vancouver Olympic Winter Games
Music: "Fatal Fantasy" by Oswin MacKintosh; “Protectors of the Earth”, by Two Steps From Hell; "Hymn of The Rising" by Audiomachine

2008 Beijing Olympics Summer Games
Music: "Reunited" by Alan Silvestri from movie Van Helsing; "Sector 6" by Steve Jablonsky from movie The Island; "The Brave Shall Rise" by Immediate Music

2006 Torino Olympic Winter Games
Music: "Onward to Glory (Choir)" by Immediate Musc; "My Name is Lincoln" by Steve Jablonsky from movie "The Island"

2004 Athens Olympic Summer Games
Music: "End Credits" by John Williams from movie "Jurassic Park"; "Salvation For A Proud Nation" by Immediate Music

2002 Salt Lake City Olympic Winter Games
Music: "Growing Old" by James Horner from movie Bicentennial Man; "Suite from Forrest Gump" by Alan Silvestri from movie "Forrest Gump"

2000 Sydney Olympic Summer Games
Music: "Coming Home From The Sea" and "To The Flemish Cap" by James Horner from movie "The Perfect Storm"

1998 Nagano Olympic Winter Games
Music: unknown

1996 Atlanta Olympic Summer Games
Music: "America" by Neil Diamond

3 comments:

  1. Thanks for updating this after every Olympics. Hope you can find the Rio closing montage because I would love to see that again.

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  2. http://www.nbcolympics.com/video/remembering-titans-2016-rio-olympics Don't know how to post it

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    1. Thanks, added the link above.

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