LONDON – The London Olympics concluded in the same way it began – with a marvellous show that involved thousands of athletes – including the three Cayman Islands athletes still at the Games, plus the Cayman officials.
Track aces Cydonie Mothersill, Ronald Forbes and Kemar Hyman danced and celebrated the successful running of the Games at the Olympic Stadium in Stratford, east London, on Sunday.
Pop acts included the Spice Girls, Queen, Take That, Oasis, George Michael, Annie Lennox, The Who and Madness who performed in the $20 million celebration of British music, fashion and culture.
Ray Davies of The Kinks sang their song Waterloo Sunset in the opening segment that began with Elgar and portrayed a day in the life of London through music.
Athletes from all nations then took to the field, not separated by country this time but all mingling together in what director Kim Gavin called ‘a moshpit.’
There was a hand over of the Olympic flag to the Brazilians, who host the next Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.
The BBC would say Monday that its live coverage of the Olympic closing ceremony was watched by 26.3 million people in the UK or more than 80 per cent of the country’s audience share. The finale theatrics pulled in the most viewers of any Olympics – the old mark was the 11 million viewers who watched the ceremony in Barcelona in 1992. In the US and countries like Cayman, the Olympics were also broadcast by NBC.
Overall, the BBC reported that 55 million viewers had logged on to its sports website over the course of the games, which ran from 27 July to 12 August, with an average of 9.5 million browsers for each day of the games.