Rio Olympics: Opening ceremony

Rio Olympics: Opening ceremony

Fireworks explode over the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro at the end of the opening ceremony on Friday, August 5.

Rio Olympics: Opening ceremony

The Olympic cauldron is lit at the stadium.

Rio Olympics: Opening ceremony

Vanderlei Cordeiro de Lima, a former Brazilian long-distance runner, lights the Olympic cauldron. De Lima was leading the Olympic marathon in 2004 when he was attacked by a protester near the end of the race. He ended up finishing third, but the graceful way he handled the disappointment won him plaudits around the world for his sportsmanship.



Rio Olympics: Opening ceremony

Dancers perform during the opening ceremony at the Maracana Stadium.

Rio Olympics: Opening ceremony

The Olympic flag is carried into the stadium.

Rio Olympics: Opening ceremony

Fireworks are seen over the stadium.

Rio Olympics: Opening ceremony

Children fly kites during the event.

Rio Olympics: Opening ceremony

The Refugee Olympic Team walks out during the parade of nations.

Rio Olympics: Opening ceremony

Pentathlete Yane Marques leads Brazil's athletes into the Maracana Stadium.

Rio Olympics: Opening ceremony

Members of the Russian team take part in the parade of nations.

Rio Olympics: Opening ceremony

Iran's athletes enter the stadium.

Rio Olympics: Opening ceremony

Members of Indonesia's Olympic team walk during the parade of nations.

Rio Olympics: Opening ceremony

There were more than 200 countries taking part in the opening ceremony.

Rio Olympics: Opening ceremony

Members of Spain's delegation wave fans during the ceremony.

Rio Olympics: Opening ceremony

Spectators hold up their phones during the event.

Rio Olympics: Opening ceremony

Belarus team members pose for photographs while entering the stadium.

Rio Olympics: Opening ceremony

U.S. swimmer Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time, carries the American flag into the Maracana Stadium.

Rio Olympics: Opening ceremony

Egyptian athletes take photos as they march into the stadium.

Rio Olympics: Opening ceremony

Trampoline gymnast Rosie MacLennan carries the Canadian flag.

Rio Olympics: Opening ceremony

A performer smiles during the opening ceremony.

Rio Olympics: Opening ceremony

Team Burundi arrives at the opening ceremony.

Rio Olympics: Opening ceremony

Sailing athlete Sofia Bekatorou leads Greece out.

Rio Olympics: Opening ceremony

A "Favela Voices" segment takes place during the ceremony.

Rio Olympics: Opening ceremony

A volunteer carries the flag of the Independent Olympic Team.

Rio Olympics: Opening ceremony

Members of Australia's Olympic team take photos inside the stadium.

Rio Olympics: Opening ceremony

The colorful performances that opened the ceremony included lasers, 3-D projections and a cascade of water enveloping the stage.

Rio Olympics: Opening ceremony

Fireworks explode during the event.

Rio Olympics: Opening ceremony

A performer holds a plant. The ceremony was designed to promote two messages: protection of the environment and peace.

Rio Olympics: Opening ceremony

Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bundchen walks on stage at the start of the event.

Rio Olympics: Opening ceremony

Performers take part in the spectacle.

Rio Olympics: Opening ceremony



Dancers perform.

Rio Olympics: Opening ceremony

Brazilian aviation pioneer Alberto Santos-Dumont is honored during the event.

Rio Olympics: Opening ceremony

There were 35,000 professionals who worked on the show.

Rio Olympics: Opening ceremony

There were 5,500 costumes made for the event.



Rio Olympics: Opening ceremony

There were 3 billion people said to be watching around the world.

Rio Olympics: Opening ceremony



Artists take part in the ceremony.

Rio Olympics: Opening ceremony

People perform during the countdown at the start of the event.

Rio Olympics: Opening ceremony

A view Viver Sports inside the Maracana Stadium.

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