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The friend who sent me this story about the Opening Ceremonies for the Winter Olympics in Turin bets that the AP writer had to grit her teeth as she wrote about the crowd's response to the good ol' US of A:
A dazzled, cheering audience danced on their chairs in the winter cold Friday night and the opening ceremony of the Winter Games became one giant house party. Passion was the show's theme and passion was what poured from the audience, right up to the arrival of the Olympic torch, carried by skiing hero Alberto "La Bomba" Tomba, who ran up the stage steps and handed it off to a succession of Italian medal winners. *** Italy, as host country, appeared last and brought down the house. Dressed in fur-trimmed coats, against the pulsating, popular Italian pop song "Una Donna Per Amico" ("A Woman for A Friend") the crowd jumped to its feet, dancing and shouting and ringing souvenir cow bells provided by show organizers. *** Second only to the crowd's reaction to Italy was the roaring welcome given to the delegation from the United States. Around the packed stadium, fans stood and clapped as "Daddy Cool" blared through the loudspeakers. [Emphasis mine.]