Fountains of fireworks light up Maracaña Stadium during the opening ceremony of the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
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Opening ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games

Fountains of fireworks light up Maracaña Stadium during the opening ceremony of the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
Fountains of fireworks light up Maracaña Stadium during the opening ceremony of the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.  (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times )
Rio Summer Olympics opening ceremony

Ahtletes and volunteers look on as children run with bird kites during the Rio Olympics 2016 opening ceremony at Maracana Stadium.

 (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
Rio Summer Olympics opening ceremony

Athletes pack the field as fireworks blast overhead during the opening ceremony at Maracana Stadium.

 (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
Rio Summer Olympics opening ceremony

Michael Phelps carries the American flag as he leads the U.S. team into Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on Friday during the opening ceremony for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games.

 (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
Rio Summer Olympics opening ceremony

Dancers perform in a sea of green during the opening ceremony on Friday at Maracana Stadium in Rio.

 (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
Rio Summer Olympics opening ceremony
Dancers perform in Maracana Stadium during the opening ceremony for the Rio Olympics. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
Gisele Bundchen
Gisele Bundchen walks into the stadium during the opening ceremony in Rio on Friday night. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
Rio Summer Olympics opening ceremony

Dancers take the Maracana Stadium floor during opening ceremony for the Rio Olympics.

 (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
Rio Summer Olympics opening ceremony

Joao Rossi parades his Christ the Redeemer hat as he arrives at Maracaña Stadium for opening ceremony of the Rio Olympics.

 (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
A nod to Rio’s favelas in the opening ceremony.
A nod to Rio’s favelas in the opening ceremony.  (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times )
The opening ceremony, green in many ways.
The opening ceremony, green in many ways.  (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times )
Rio Summer Olympics opening ceremony
Dancers perform during the opening ceremony of the 2016 Olympics on Friday in Rio. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
Rio Summer Olympics opening ceremony

A dancer performs a handstand during the oppening ceremony of the Rio Olympics on Friday night.

 (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
Rio Summer Olympics opening ceremony

Fireworks ignite over Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on Friday at the start of the opening ceremony for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games.

 (Johannes Eisele / AFP / Getty Images)
Rio Summer Olympics opening ceremony

Spectators arrive to a blue hue at Maracana Stadium before the start of the opening ceremony.

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Rio Summer Olympics opening ceremony

Dancers perform during the opening ceremony of the 2016 Olympic Games at Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro.

 (Ezra Shaw / Getty Images)
Rio Summer Olympics opening ceremony

A woman waves a United States flag during the opening ceremony for the Rio Olympics on Friday.

 (David J. Phillip / Associated Press)
Rio Summer Olympics opening ceremony

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and his wife, Yoo Soon-taek, are photographed  before the Summer Olympics opening ceremony in Rio de Janeiro.

 (Jae C. Hong / Associated Press)
Rio Summer Olympics opening ceremony

An Algerian fan waves a flag during the opening ceremony of the Rio Olympics on Friday night.

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