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Why was Susan Sarandon, Isabel Allende, and other non-Italian or Olympic related people bringing in the flag?

According to the commentators, the women each represented a continent plus the host country. It is not surprising there was an emphasis on peace given the Salt Lake games in 2002 were prior to the US invasion of Iraq, and that the 2004 Summer Games opening ceremonies were planned before a lot of the more controversial revelations had come to light.

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