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5 Olympic Things To Know For Friday [VIDEO]

Here’s what to watch for at the London Olympics on Friday:

A woman walks by Olympic Stadium before the rehearsal of opening ceremony at Olympic Park
A woman walks by Olympic Stadium before the rehearsal of opening ceremony at Olympic Park (Feng Li/Getty Images)

1. OPENING CEREMONY: A celebration of British culture, with a touch of Shakespeare, pop music, James Bond — and even some farm animals. A huge worldwide audience will tune in for the extravaganza, which starts at 2000GMT (4 p.m. ET).

2. WHO WILL LIGHT THE TORCH? Bookmakers are now convinced it will be Sir Roger Bannister, the first man to break the four-minute mile. But is there another mystery contender?

3. WEATHER: Will the famous English rain blight the opening ceremony? It’s been hot and sunny all week in the British capital — but a little wet this morning.

4. REFEREE DIES: A Turkish boxing referee has been found dead in his London hotel room. It appears he suffered a heart attack. Autopsy results expected later Friday.

5. ROMNEY FALLOUT: What will Londoners make of Mitt Romney’s implication that the city isn’t ready for the games? Will it draw them together?

 

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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