The Olympics officially opened in the Maracana to a spectacular display of mixed light displays, fireworks, dancing and music. After a lifetime of preparation over 207 teams will participate in their career-making moments for the next 16 days.
The run towards opening show was bogged with a lot of demonstrations because of Brazil’s struggling economy but the hope is that the people will now focus on the biggest sporting event in the world for the next days.
According to BBC, the Rio opening event didn’t match the enormous ambition of the London Olympics four years ago but the fans were still treated to a spectacular show.
‘Performers jumped and danced across projections of giant buildings, symbolising the cities of Brazil, while a recreation of a 14-bis biplane – the invention of Brazilian Alberto Santos-Dumont – drew one of the biggest cheers of the evening as it flew out of the arena.’
The Russian team already feel like winners after they were allowed to participate in the Olympics following a nationwide drug scandal that almost killed their chance of participating in the Olympics. However, of the initial 389 who to participate only 271 athletes were cleared to participate. It may have been a big win for the country but some officials felt like they shouldn’t have been included at all.
Bringing it back home, Stephen Kiprotich will look to defend his gold in Rio and there is no doubt that the whole country will be rooting for him. Other gold medalists like Usain Bolt, Micheal Phelps, Serena Williams and Kenya’s Rudisha, among others will feel the pressure of defending their records.