Olympics Opening Ceremony 2012: Schedule, Flag Bearers And More

FILE - 25 JULY for 27 JULY 2012 - OLYMPIC GAMES OPENING CEREMONIES: The opening ceremony of the 2012 London Olympic Games will take place on July 27. ATHENS - AUGUST 13: The Olympic rings are seen as drummers perform during the opening ceremony of the Athens 2004 Summer Olympic Games on August 13, 2004 at the Sports Complex Olympic Stadium in Athens, Greece. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)

The opening ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics will be broadcast on tape delay in the United States at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBC. Decorated fencer Mariel Zagunis will be the flag bearer for the United States.

The 2012 London Olympics are finally upon us, with the opening ceremony set for Friday. The event is scheduled for 9:00 p.m. London time, but those stateside can catch everything on tape delay beginning at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBC.

The production will be directed by Danny Boyle, the decorated filmmaker behind Slumdog Millionaire and Trainspotting.

Mariel Zagunis will be the flag bearer for the United States during the parade of athletes. Zagunis is an incredibly decorated fencer, having won the gold medal in the women's individual sabre in the 2004 Athen and 2008 Beijing games.

The ceremony commences when Queen Elizabeth II is received by IOC president Jacque Rogge at the entrance of the Olympic Stadium. The parade of athletes follows before the close of the ceremony with the lighting of the Olympic torch.

Complete details of the event can be found on the Olympic website.

For more on the 2012 London Summer Olympics and to follow local athletes, be sure to follow our Olympics stream at SB Nation Philly.

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