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The Turin opening ceremony

It was a star-studded opening ceremony to the 20th Winter Games. The two-and-a-half hour show was opened by Italian gymnastics legend Jury Chechi.

International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Jacques Rogge made his address, urging "Athletes, you are role models, your conduct will inspire and motivate future generations. Please compete in a spirit of fair play, mutual understanding and respect and, above all, compete cleanly by refusing doping,"

Some of the highlights of the show were:

Italy's most decorated winter Olympian, Stefania Belmondo, was bestowed the honor of lighting the cauldron in front of 35,000 spectators inside the Stadio Olimpico. The 36-year-old Belmondo, won 10 medals in her career including two gold.

The ceremony was capped with an emotional rendition of ' Nessun Dorma' by Luciano Pavarotti.

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