The official beginning of the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro kicks off Friday night with the Opening Ceremony.
It will be a celebration of sport, competition, friendship and Brazilian culture. Unfortunately, Brazilian soccer legend Pele is not feeling well and won’t be able to make it, but the event should still provide plenty of memories.
Keep it right here for the latest news, updates and highlights from the Opening Ceremony in Rio.
11 p.m.: An amazing overhead picture.
Here’s another view.
10:57 p.m.: Vanderlei Lima lights the Olympic cauldron and the Opening Ceremony is over.
10:53 p.m.: Here’s Gustavo Kuerten with the Olympic torch.
10:50 p.m.: Brazilian sports legends are taking turns.
10:48 p.m.: The torch has entered Maracana Stadium!
10:40 p.m.: The Olympic Games are declared open by Brazil’s interim president, as fireworks go off.
10:30 p.m.: IOC president Thomas Bach addresses the ceremony towards the end.
10:15 p.m.: Here’s host nation Brazil.
9:45 p.m.: The parade of nations keeps rolling with Russia.
9:25 p.m.: A few more.
9:10 p.m.: Some interesting uniforms.
8:45 p.m.: The United States of America, led by Michael Phelps!
8:40 p.m.: Here are some more nations.
8:20 p.m.: Here’s Canada!
8:15 p.m.: The athletes have started to walk in the Parade of Nations.
8 p.m.: Gisele Bundchen, famous supermodel and wife of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, has made an appearance.
7:30 p.m.: Here are some cool photos from various skits and performances.
7:10 p.m.: Pretty cool.
7 p.m.: The Opening Ceremony has started in Brazil, but NBC’s not showing it until 7:30 p.m. ET.
6:42 p.m.: There will be plenty of dancing tonight.
6:40 p.m.: Here are some cool photos.
5:15 p.m.: A bit of breaking news ahead of the ceremony.
5:05 p.m.: Here’s a non-Opening Ceremony tweet from the Olympics.
5 p.m. ET: It’ll be interesting to see how this translates on television.
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