Photos: Opening Ceremony of the 2016 Rio Olympics
The Opening Ceremony for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics brings together athletes and fans from around the world.
The event takes place at Maracana Stadium in Rio and includes the Parade of Nations and theatrics celebrating the host country of Brazil. Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bundchen will participate in the ceremony, which will end with a carnival. Film director Fernando Meirelles, one of the show’s three creative directors, said, “I hope that the Opening Ceremony will be a drug for depression in Brazil.”
“Brazilians can look at it and say we are a cool people, we are different ethnic groups, we live together, we never went to war, we are peaceful, we know how to enjoy life and we tend to be happy,” Meirelles said.
Swimmer Michael Phelps, the most decorated athlete in Olympics history (22 medals), was selected by his teammates to serve as the flag bearer for the United States.
More than 10,000 athletes from 206 countries, plus a team of refugees competing under the Olympic flag, will compete in 28 sports. The U.S. has the biggest team with 554 athletes in sports ranging from archery to wrestling.