Last night’s Closing Ceremony was quite a spectacle. Once again it was a packed house at the Olympic Stadium.
The theme was a street party, with musical performances by a broad spectrum of British musical acts, including Madness.
The Consort especially enjoyed Brian May, he played following a video performance by the late Freddie Mercury, his former Queen bandmate.
Boy band One Direction also played.
Reaction to the Ceremony from the Times:
With a gaudy three-hour farewell that mashed up theater, acrobatics, fashion and a few generations of musical idols, London extinguished the Olympic torch Sunday night, capping two weeks of athletic achievements with a jukebox collection of songs and a marathon display of endearingly wacky stagecraft.
The group many a viewer was waiting for?
The Spice Girls made their return atop personalized versions of London’s famous black cabs.
Spice Girl Mel B posted this photo of the group.
As well as this picture.
Posh Spice, aka Victoria Beckham, wore a dress by Giles Deacon, seen here in a photo she posted on her Twitter account.
The singer/designer tweeted “Good morning fashion bunnies!!!! X vb” Here we see Ms. Beckham at her final fitting before the show.
She thanked Mr. Deacon in a tweet, “Last min fitting before the show. LOVE my
Olympic2012 dress!!! Thank u @gilesgilesgiles x vb”
The portion of the show that seemed to fall flat involved several British supermodels making an appearance, each wearing a bespoke creation from a British designer, below we see Kate Moss.
More on the evening’s entertainment from a BBC story:
The Telegraph’s music editor Bernadette McNulty wrote that the ceremony was “pitched somewhere between a wedding reception and tuning into Magic FM”.
The New Zealand Herald described the event at the Olympic Stadium in east London as “a pop culture smorgasbord that had touches of brilliance, beauty and bewilderment”.
Union Jacks were in abundance.
Artist Damien Hirst designed a special flag for the Ceremony that was showcased on the Stadium floor.
Team USA athletes were ready to enter the stadium, April Ross of the Beach Volleyball team posted this photo on Instagram.
Bronze Medalist Corey Cogdell shared this picture.
The athletes streamed into the stadium from every entrance.
Team USA archer Jake Kaminski posted this on his Twitter feed.
Not everything written about the evening’s entertainment was positive, more from The Telegraph’s story:
The whole affair didn’t feel whittled down but rather way too long. If anything, the Closing Ceremony was not uplifting or cheesy enough apart from the Spice Girls who got the exuberant tone exactly right.
The Olympic flag was officially handed off from London’s Mayor to the Mayor of Rio De Janeiro, Eduardo Paes, where the Summer Games will be held in four years.
The Times also wrote about the impact of the games on London:
But one of the great stories of these Olympics was the effect they had on England itself. Triumphalism does not come naturally to this country, where the cultural stock in trade has long been dignity in defeat. This, let’s not forget, is a nation where one of the most beloved poems is Tennyson’s “Charge of the Light Brigade,” which valorizes a military rout at the hands of the Russians.
It looked like an extraordinary evening.
The weather even cooperated.
The fireworks were beautiful.
NBC shared this montage on Twitter, noting that 29 of the USA gold medalists were women.
This is the first time women have outnumbered men on Team USA.
We leave with one final note, involving an update to McKayla Maroney’s reaction to her performance on the vault.
A refresher for those not familiar with the hullabaloo from as explained in this WSJ piece:
What happened next will live on the Internet forever — or at least until tomorrow. With the medal draped around her neck, Maroney stood on the podium with her arms crossed and a scowl across her face. She looked thoroughly… unimpressed.
Even artistic icons weren’t safe from the meme.
Well, the young lady has shown she can laugh at herself, posting this tweet with the “#notimpressed” hashtag.
The tweet linked to an Instagram photo McKayla posted, showing her with teammates Aly Raisman and Kyla Ross, doing a parody of the pose.
You know what they say about the ability to laugh at yourself, Ms. Maroney seems to fully grasp that message.
For those who watched the Closing Ceremony, what did you think, was it too long, or just about right??