London Olympics: 5 things to know for Friday

Friday, July 27, 2012 | 9:14 a.m. CDT; updated 2:18 p.m. CDT, Friday, July 27, 2012
In this photo provided by LOCOG, the royal barge Gloriana carries the Olympic flame along the river Thames, ahead of the 2012 Summer Olympics, on the final day of the Torch Relay, Friday, in London.

LONDON — Here's what to watch for at the London Olympics on Friday:

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 at4 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?


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