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July 27, 2012

Day-to-day highlights of 2012 London Summer Olympics

Don’t Miss: A T.V. audience of about 1 billion people worldwide is expected to tune in as Danny Boyle, the Oscar-winning director of “Slugdog Millionaire’’ transforms the London Olympic Stadium into a “green and pleasant land,’’ complete with 120 farm animals, a cricket ground, meadows, rivers, and fake rain clouds. The three-hour ceremony was inspired by William Shakespeare’s “The Tempest’’ and will include a musical performance by (who else?) Sir Paul McCartney. More than 10,000 athletes from 200-plus countries will march in the Parade of Nations. The U.S. delegation will be wearing berets and somewhat controversial Made in China suits by Ralph Lauren. As usual, the lighter of the Olympic flame, and method of lighting, remained a closely-guarded secret during the final days of preparation.

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