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2012 London Olympics: Opening Ceremony Will Feature Cast Of 15,000

The opening ceremony for the 2012 London Olympics will take place on Friday night.

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On Friday night, the torch will officially be lit at the 2012 London Olympics during the opening ceremony which promises to provide a moment to be remembered. Some of the most iconic moments in the history of the Olympic games have come during opening ceremonies.

The details regarding the ceremony are always secretive, but according to the official website of the 2012 London Olympics, the ceremony will feature a cast of 15,000 performers and will be viewed by more than four billion viewers worldwide.

The ceremony will start at 9 p.m. London time, but will not be re-broadcast until 7:30 p.m. in the United States and can be found on NBC.

Holding the American flag for Team USA will be 27-year old fencer Mariel Zagunis who has won gold in each of the last two Olympics for the United States.

For full coverage of London 2012, head over to SB Nation's Olympics hub.

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