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The English monarch made an exception to her public policy of speaking only in formal settings in order to perform a scene with Bond actor Daniel Craig that ended with stunt doubles resembling the pair leaping from a helicopter above the Olympic Stadium.
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The segment stole the show Friday night and was made possible after Danny Boyle, the brains behind the ceremony and an award-winning director, used the queen's love of his greatest film – "Slumdog Millionaire" – to his advantage.
"The queen made herself more accessible than ever before," Boyle said.
Yet her majesty may not have agreed to the highly unconventional request if it had not come from Boyle himself. It is not known whether Boyle realized this or not, but the entire royal family is huge fans of his work and have watched "Slumdog Millionaire" on countless occasions.
Princes William and Harry, the queen's grandsons, joined the "Slumdog" craze in 2008, when the film broke box-office records and walked away with eight Academy Awards.
LONDON – The Olympic Games forever changed tennis legend Roger Federer's life, long before he finally won a gold medal in Beijing four years ago.
Federer, who holds the all-time record of 17 Grand Slam titles and took the Olympic doubles crown in 2008, is a hot favorite going into the tennis men's singles held on the iconic courts of Wimbledon. For the Swiss master, however, it is the effect the Olympics has had on his personal life that makes the Games so important to him. It was at a lunch table in the Athletes' Village in Sydney in 2000 that he met Slovakian tennis player Mirka Vavrinec, who would become his wife and now the mother of his twin baby daughters.
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"It is one of the most special events in the world, in sports, in life, anything," Federer said. "It is a special thing to be part of and if you can be fortunate enough to win a medal or even a gold medal it means everything.
"But it is extra special for me, of course, because of what it means to how my life has gone."
Hiroshi Hoketsu, who will represent Japan in the equestrian discipline of dressage at the age of 71, told Yahoo! Sports how chasing a slice of history and becoming the oldest Olympian in the last 92 years is the result of a fanatical commitment to the sport.
"I have not seen my wife, Motoko, for more than a year," said Hoketsu, who lives and trains in the German town of Aachen in order to team up with his horse, Whisper, and his Dutch coach. "It is difficult to be away from home for this long as an old man and I owe everything to her patience and understanding."
Hoketsu will take part in his third Olympics, 48 years after making his debut and finishing 40th as a show jumper on home soil at the 1964 Tokyo Games. Despite continuing to rise at 5 a.m. every day to ride horses, he quit competing and became a successful international businessman for pharmaceutical companies.