China's Olympic Ceremony A Success Due to 16 Hour Days, Adult Diapers

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email
The cost of the Olympic opening ceremony in blood and sweat is starting to emerge.

** FILE ** In this Aug 8, 2008 file photo China's Yao Ming carries the flag of China next to a small child during the opening ceremonies for the Beijing 2008 Olympics in Beijing. One of the most memorable moments during Beijing Olympics opening ceremony was Chinese basketball idol Yao Ming walking hand in hand with a 9-year-old survivor of May's massive earthquake, but it almost didn't happen, the event's director said Saturday. (AP Photo / Itsuo Inouye / File)

Beijing (AP) The cost of the Olympic opening ceremony in blood and sweat is starting to emerge.

Here's some of what Chinese performers endured to take part in the opening ceremony in Beijing: they spent months putting in 16-hour days, fainted from heatstroke in marathon rehearsals and even wore adult diapers so they could keep going. Many were injured
in falls.

The Chinese director says he could have never pulled it off in the United States, where he once directed an opera. He tells a local newspaper he was limited to four-and-a-half day weeks and had to give performers coffee breaks. He also says they complained if
They were criticized.

The director says only one other country could have gotten such uniformity -- North Korea.

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