Friday, August 5, 2016
The 31st Summer Olympics started at 7:30am, on the NBC network, with the Opening Ceremony. It opened with the song, The Embrace, as different picturesque scenes from Rio de Janeiro were displayed on the screen. Performers were dressed in shiny silver costume as each held a shiny prop, while performing a countdown created designs, which had an interested effect with the colorful lights. The President of Brazil wasn’t there, probably due to some political reasons, but there was a substitute. A man sang the Brazilian national anthem, as the green Brazilian flag was raised. A colorful dance performance started to explain Brazil’s history from the beginning, which included the creation of life. Symbolism of water, huge insects, and nature represented life in the Amazon. Brazilian hip-hop dancers and pop singers performed for the large audience in the stadium.
Then, the central theme was about a message, which started with CO2 emissions to explain climate change, which leads to the sea level rising. This climate change results affect the whole earth, especially the coastal towns and cities.
Brazil’s famous celebrities, Gisele Bundschen Brady, dressed in a shiny gown, which looks like a wrap dress with a high slit, walks a long catwalk for Rio Opening Ceremony. A man sings “The Girl from Ipanema.”
Then, there was a scene about the Brazilian crops, farming, and coffee beans.
The athletes started to enter the stadium in a parade, in which Greece was the group to enter. They were followed by Afghanistan, South Africa, Albania, Germany, Andorra, Angola, Antigua & Barbuda, Saudi Arabia, Algeria, Argentina, Armenia, Aruba, Independent Olympic Athletes, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Barbados, Bahrain, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bermuda, Bolivia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Botswana, Brunei, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Bhutan, Cape Verde, Cameroon, Cambodia, Canada, Qatar, Kazakhstan, Cayman Islands, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, China, Cyprus, Colombia, Comoros, Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Cook Islands, South Korea, Cote D’Ivoire, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Egypt, El Salvador, United Arab Emirates, Ecuador, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Micronesia, USA, Estonia, Ethiopia, Macedonia, Fiji, Philippines, Finland, France, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Georgia, Great Britain, Grenada, Guam, Guatemala, Guyana, Guinea, Equatorial Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Honduras, Hong Kong, Hungary, Yemen, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Iceland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kiribati, Kosovo, Laos, Lesotho, Latvia, Lebanon, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malaysia, Malawi, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Marshall Islands, Morocco, Mauritius, Mauritania, Mexico, Mozambique, Moldova, Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Myanmar, Namibia, Nauru, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Norway, New Zealand, Oman, Netherlands, Palau, Palestine, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Pakistan, Paraguay, Peru, Poland, Puerto Rico, Portugal, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, North Korea, Romania, Rwanda, Russia, Solomon Islands, Samoa, American Samoa, San Marino, Saint Lucia, Saint Kitts & Nevis, Sao Tome & Principe, Saint Vincent & The Grenadines, Seychelles, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Serbia, Singapore, Syria, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Swaziland, Sudan, South Sudan, Sweden, Switzerland, Suriname, Tajikistan, Thailand, Chinese Taipei, Tanzania, Czech Republic, Timor-Leste, Togo, Tonga, Trinidad & Tobago, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Turkey, Tuvalu, Ukraine, Uganda, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Vietnam, Virgin Islands, British Virgin Islands, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Refugee Olympic Team, and Brazil.
Many performers holding shiny mirror pieces enter the stadium assemble together and form the five Olympic rings. From the top view, these five rings look like the top of five rings in green leaves. Then, green confetti explodes everywhere. Then, there are some fireworks.
The Olympic President gives a short speech, before giving the Olympic Laurel to Kip Keino. As he entered the stadium, little kids, dressed in white, follow him, each hold what looks like a white dove kite or a white dove on a string. Michel Temer also gives a speech.
Fireworks go off all around the stadium, illuminating the stadium like a huge lighted torch.
Eight athletes, Emanuel Rego, Rosa C. Pimental, Sandra Pires, Torben Grael, Joaquim Cruz, Marta Silva, Ellen G. Northfleet, and Oscar Schmidt carry the Olympic Flag horizontally from its sides, and the walk toward the flagpole, where the flag is put into place and raised. The Olympic Anthem is performed.
A female pop singer from Rio, a little boy dancing, and a colorful parade of rainbow-colored army of performers entertain the audience.
Gustavo Kuerten, a tennis star, enters the stadium carrying the Olympic flame. He walks with it until he hands it to Horencia M., and she walks with it until she hands it to a male former athlete. He climbs some steps to light the Olympic Cauldron. There are golden decorative pieces over the cauldron, which spiral around to create interesting designs. Fireworks go off around the stadium. The Jesus Christ statue is lit up in a green light, which looks cool against the dark night sky. The Jesus statue looks omnipotent, omnipresent, and omniscient, as it watches over the Maracana Stadium, Rio, and the 31st Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
The Opening Ceremony ended at 12:30am, Saturday morning, and I decided to go to bed.