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Rio Olympics: Opening ceremony

Updated 12:03 AM ET, Sat August 6, 2016
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Fireworks explode over the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro at the end of the opening ceremony on Friday, August 5. Francois-Xavier Marit/AFP/Getty images
The Olympic cauldron is lit at the stadium. Ezra Shaw/Getty Images
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. EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images
Dancers perform during the opening ceremony at the Maracana Stadium. LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images
The Olympic flag is carried into the stadium. Morry Gash/Pool/Getty Images
Fireworks are seen over the stadium. Morry Gash/AP
Children fly kites during the event. David J. Phillip/AP
The Refugee Olympic Team walks out during the parade of nations. Jae C. Hong/AP
Pentathlete Yane Marques leads Brazil's athletes into the Maracana Stadium. Cameron Spencer/Getty Images
Members of the Russian team take part in the parade of nations. Cameron Spencer/Getty Images
Iran's athletes enter the stadium. Jamie Squire/Getty Images
Members of Indonesia's Olympic team walk during the parade of nations. Jamie Squire/Getty Images
There were more than 200 countries taking part in the opening ceremony. David Rogers/Getty Images
Members of Spain's delegation wave fans during the ceremony. LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images
Spectators hold up their phones during the event. Ezra Shaw/Getty Images
Belarus team members pose for photographs while entering the stadium. Lars Baron/Getty Images
U.S. swimmer Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time, carries the American flag into the Maracana Stadium. Julian Finney/Getty Images
Egyptian athletes take photos as they march into the stadium. Matt Slocum/AP
Trampoline gymnast Rosie MacLennan carries the Canadian flag. David J. Phillip/AP
A performer smiles during the opening ceremony. Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images
Team Burundi arrives at the opening ceremony. Michael Sohn/AP
Sailing athlete Sofia Bekatorou leads Greece out. Paul Gilham/Getty Images
A "Favela Voices" segment takes place during the ceremony. Ian Walton/Getty Images
A volunteer carries the flag of the Independent Olympic Team. Matt Slocum/AP
Members of Australia's Olympic team take photos inside the stadium. Paul Gilham/Getty Images
The colorful performances that opened the ceremony included lasers, 3-D projections and a cascade of water enveloping the stage. FRANCOIS-XAVIER MARIT/AFP/Getty Images
Fireworks explode during the event. Pool/Getty Images
A performer holds a plant. The ceremony was designed to promote two messages: protection of the environment and peace. Jamie Squire/Getty Images
Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bundchen walks on stage at the start of the event. Ezra Shaw/Getty Images
Performers take part in the spectacle. David Rogers/Getty Images
Dancers perform. Jamie Squire/Getty Images
Brazilian aviation pioneer Alberto Santos-Dumont is honored during the event. ODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images
There were 35,000 professionals who worked on the show. Ezra Shaw/Getty Images
There were 5,500 costumes made for the event. OLIVIER MORIN/AFP/Getty Images
There were 3 billion people said to be watching around the world. CHRISTOPHE SIMON/AFP/Getty Images
Artists take part in the ceremony. GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images
People perform during the countdown at the start of the event. Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images
A view inside the Maracana Stadium. FRANCOIS-XAVIER MARIT/AFP/Getty Images