Olympic opening salutes King, dreams

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The Olympics got off to a grand start with Friday's opening ceremonies by paying special tribute to Martin Luther King, and featuring guest performances by Celine Dion and Gladys Knight.

True to King's famous civil rights speech, the evening's theme was "the power of the dream" and the ceremony featured an elaborately costumed representation of the history of the Deep South, as well as cheerleaders and pickup trucks.

Millions of people around the world tuned in to see the spectacle, which moved President Bill Clinton to tears.

Surprise torch bearers included boxers Evander Holyfield and Muhammad Ali, and a host of current and former Olympians made guest appearances as well.

Next up on the Olympic schedule for Monday are the men's gymnastics finals and various swimming finals. Also, the U.S. basketball team faces Angola. The women's gymnastics finals and more swimming finals are on Tuesday, with wrestling finals both days.

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