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Olympics Opening Ceremony Preview, Start Time, TV Schedule And More

A preview of what's to come at the Opening Ceremony for the 2012 Olympics.

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The 2012 Olympic Games from London are set to begin this weekend. In what is always a truly beautiful event, athletes from all over the world will make their way into the stadium while bearing their nation's colors and flags. In the 2008 Beijing Olympics we were treated to an incredible festival that featured ancient drums and one of the most impressive light shows ever seen, so we should prepare for something magical this time around.

The Opening Ceremony, named "The Isles of Wonder", will take place on Friday night. With the time change being anywhere from five to eight hours deepening on where you live in the United States, most of the action televised in primetime will be tape-delayed.

Everything is set to begin at 9 p.m. locally. That's 4 p.m. on the eastern portion of the United States, 1 p.m. in Arizona and the rest of the west coast. You can watch it on TV, with NBC airing everything at 7:30 p.m. EST/PST.

The state of Arizona has many representatives at the 2012 Olympics, headlined by basketball stars Andre Iguodala and James Harden.

For continued updates throughout the Olympics, be sure to follow this StoryStream. Check out SB Nation's Olympics Hub for even more news.