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Less than an hour before showtime and excited visitors are filing into Olympic Stadium.
Tarik Lacene, a Canadian who lives in London, scored tickets to the opening ceremony.
"It's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity," Lacene says. "It's amazing to think that over 1 billion people will be watching it on TV and we're actually here."
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