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We’ll no doubt hear the anthem of some of the more successful countries such as USA, Australia, Great Britain and China who usually sit somewhere at the top of the medal tables. But for me the real delight is hearing the obscure and often tropical national anthems of not quite so successful countries like Peru, Uganda, Burundi (yes they’ve won a gold medal in 96) and Latvia. Of course with the good come the bad but nothing quite shows national pride like singing your heart out to your national anthem on the winners podium, no matter how much you cry/blubber/lose your cool. One anthem I find beautiful is South Africa’s’, sung in the five national dialects of Xhosa, Zulu, Sesotho and English.

Another fine anthem that sits triumphantly alongside the Russian and British is “La Marseillaise”, the French national Anthem. Conceived amidst the French Revolution it was written by Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle as a rallying call for French fighters. Quite inspiring for today’s Olympians I think.

Rather than posting any of the terrible American National Anthem performances (Google them, there are a lot!) I thought I’d leave you with this adorably bad rendition of the Australian anthem sung by a small boy who hiccups through the whole thing.