I think I would skip the opening ceremony too. Sometimes there is too much show and not enough sport. London should hire the Super Bowl people, they can get dancers, stages and bands in and out it 15 minuets.
What's an Olympic Opening Ceremony without Olympic athletes? We may find that out in London next year, as several high-profile British athletes are contemplating boycotting the Opening Ceremony.
Coaches have already banned the entire British track and field squad from taking part in the London 2012 ceremony, even though they will not be competing until at least a week later. Britain's swimming team is likely to follow suit.