Rios Olympic Opening Ceremony Was Absolutely Spectacular

The upcoming Rio Olympics have had a lot of bad press recently – with teams turning up to find the Olympic Village inhospitable, and questions being asked about the cleanliness of the water that the swimmers will find themselves in – but last night’s Opening Ceremony was a big success.

More than 200 countries took part in the celebration of global diversity, which was broadcast to an audience of around three billion.

It focused particularly on Brazil’s rich culture, history and natural beauty, featuring Samba dancers, and an appearance from Gisele Bndchen, before former marathon runner Vanderlei de Lima lit the Olympic Cauldron.

By all accounts, the ceremony was spectacular:

Andy Murray led the British team into the arena:

The Opening Ceremony culminated with plants forming the Olympic Rings, and then exploding:

There were then fireworks.

The Olympic Games kick off today, with GB’s Chris Froome competing in the cycling road race.

If you missed the Olympic Ceremony, you can watch highlights over at the BBC.

Did you see it? Let us know what you think in the comments!

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