After much anticipation, the Rio 2016 Olympic Games are finally here!
Held at the Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the Rio Olympics kicked off with a vibrant and energetic Opening Ceremony Friday night. The jubilant, colorful celebration of culture and competition featured spectacular fireworks, a tribute to the environment and the country’s most famous supermodel.
As billions around the world tune in for the global sporting showpiece, here’s a look back at the 5 best moments of the Olympics Inauguration Ceremony.
Let the games begin!
Brazlian supermodel Gisele Bündchen kicked off the opening ceremony with a tribute to her native country. In her final runway walk, the supermodel strutted her stuff to the classic tune of "The Girl from Ipanema." - nbcnews.com
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The Brazilians devoted an entire portion of the opening ceremony to raising awareness about rising temperatures, melting ice, and the dangers rising sea levels pose to coastal cities around the world. The Brazilians announced that each athlete at the Olympic games will receive a seed to be planted in an “Athletes Forest” in the country. - natureworldnews.com
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Swimming gold-medalist Michael Phelps was given the honor of being Team USA's flag bearer. "It's something I'm obviously looking forward to," the 18-time gold medalist commented two days before the moment. "There's definitely going to be a lot of emotions. It's a huge honor to me." - eonline.com
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This year’s Olympics newest team, the Refugee Olympic Athletes, received a much deserved standing ovation. The 10 athletes on the team are from Syria, South Sudan, Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Ethiopia, but they’ll be competing under one Olympic flag. - gettyimages
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The Olympic cauldron, modelled to replicate the sun, was lit by Brazilian marathoner Vanderlei Cordeiro de Lima. nydailynews.com
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