Brazil pulled off a beautiful yet austere opening ceremony tonight despite everything—concerns about chaos, pollution, protests, and the Zika virus. It celebrated the country’s culture and music (even featuring Giselle Bündchen walking the runway to the iconic “Girl from Ipanema”), a somber performance piece dramatizing the country’s tragic history of slavery, acclaim for the inspiring members of the first-ever refugee team, and its first sensation (the flag bearer from Tonga!).
— Rio 2016 (@Rio2016_en) August 6, 2016
— NBC Olympics (@NBCOlympics) August 6, 2016
— radoc (@harmopwr) August 6, 2016
— Johanna Fuentes (@jfuentes) August 6, 2016