The 2012 Olympics Cauldron lighting ceremony in London, England designed by Thomas Heatherwick was nothing short of incredible. Made up of 204 torches representing the 204 competing nations, it moved like a flower blooming in reverse.
Seriously, how well thought out and spectacular is that? I wish I had thought of it.
And, because this is a design blog (including graphic design), just for fun, and because he is so adorably cute, here is a 4-panel of the mascot of the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul, South Korea, Hodori.