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Opening Ceremony that heralded the start of Rio 2016 Olympics



Rebirth and regeneration.


That was the message behind a vibrant Opening Ceremony that heralded the start of the Rio 2016 Olympics.
 
 
From supermodel Gisele Bundchen's tribute to the "Girl from Ipanema" to the promise of an athletes' forest to be planted after the Games, Brazil's big night saluted the country's past and pointed towards a greener future.
 
 
A day of protests against the hosting of the Games gave way to a night of pageantry at the Maracana Stadium, albeit on a budget one-tenth the size of the equivalent in London four years ago.
 
 
"These first-ever Olympic Games in South America will go from Brazil to the entire world," International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach told the crowd.
 
 
"With the Olympic Games as a catalyst, you have achieved in just seven years what generations before you could only dream of. You have transformed the city of Rio de Janeiro into a modern metropolis and made it even more beautiful.
 
 
"Our admiration for you is even greater because you managed this at a very difficult time in Brazilian history. We have always believed in you."
 
 
During his speech, Bach also paid tribute to the refugee team which will compete in Rio under the Olympic flag.
 
 
"We are living in a world where selfishness is gaining ground, where certain people claim to be superior to others," he said of the Olympians representing displaced people across the world. "Here is our Olympic answer."
 
 
President of the organizing committee Carlos Nuzman delivered an impassioned tribute to Rio and urged Brazilians to embrace the Games.
 
 
"Our dream is for the Olympic city to be transformed by the Games," he said. "This marvelous city is the perfect city. Let's live our dream together and stay together when circumstances challenge us.
 
 
"In the name of all Brazilians, I welcome the world. Rio is ready to make history."
 
 
The Olympic cauldron is lit at the stadium.
 
 
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.
 
 
Dancers perform during the opening ceremony at the Maracana Stadium.
 
 
The Olympic flag is carried into the stadium.
 
 
Fireworks are seen over the stadium.
 
 
Children fly kites during the event.
 
 
There were more than 200 countries taking part in the opening ceremony.
 
 
Spectators hold up their phones during the event.
 
 
The colorful performances that opened the ceremony included lasers, 3-D projections and a cascade of water enveloping the stage.
 
 
Fireworks explode during the event.
 
 
A performer holds a plant. The ceremony was designed to promote two messages: protection of the environment and peace.
 
 
Performers take part in the spectacle.
 
 
Dancers perform.
 
 
There were 3 billion people said to be watching around the world.
 
 
People perform during the countdown at the start of the event.
 
 
 
 
 
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