From NYTimes.com: Behind the Opening Ceremony, a Paralyzing Fall
A talented, 26-year-old Chinese dancer was seriously injured during a rehearsal for the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympic games just 12 days before the show, and faces the prospect of being paralyzed for the rest of her life.
Pretty sad story. As breathtaking as the opening ceremonies was, a lot of it seemed to be quite dangerous and I was wondering how they could do all that without someone getting hurt. Especially with all the wire work. The torch lighting with Li Ning “running” around the top of the stadium was amazing, but seemed a bit dangerous. I can’t imagine an American athlete being asked to do that.