The flags of 35 nations competing in the 1972 Winter Olympics have been raised at the Makomanai Speed Skating Rink in Sapporo.
GV Stadium ZOOM IN TO Olympic flame plinth
SV Canadian flag being carried through the snow
SV's Flags being carried (5 shots)
LV ZOOM IN USA flag being carried
SV More flags being borne (2 shots)
LV ZOOM IN Japanese host flag carried in and signboard announcing arrival (2 shots)
GV Flags lined up ZOOM IN TO Japanese flag
GV Sign-board announcing congratulations
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Background: The flags of 35 nations competing in the 1972 Winter Olympics have been raised at the Makomanai Speed Skating Rink in Sapporo.
But the flag-raising was only a rehearsal for the official ceremony due to be held on February the 3rd.
About eight hundred people took part in the rehearsal on Tuesday (25 Jan.) -- despite continuous snowfall, and six degrees of frost.