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Let the Games Begin: Rio Celebrates Olympic Opening Day

Rio de Janeiro opens the 2016 Olympic Games with elaborate light shows, choreographed performances and stunning fireworks.

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Performers take part in the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro.

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Dancers perform at the Opening Ceremony.

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Perfomers take part in the opening ceremony.

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Performers take part in the opening ceremony.
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Perfomers take part in the opening ceremony.

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Perfomers take part in the opening ceremony.

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Performers take part in the opening ceremony.

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People celebrate as they take part in the opening ceremony.

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Spectators in the Mangueira neighborhood of Rio watch fireworks explode over the Maracana Stadium.

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Performers take part in the opening ceremony.

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Dancers perform during the opening ceremony.

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A performer dances during the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

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Flags flutter as artists perform during the opening ceremony for the 2016 Summer Olympics.

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A dancer performs at the Pop: Empowerment during the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

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Supermodel Gisele Bundchen walks as The Girl From Ipanema during the Bossa segment during the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

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Spectators use their mobile phones for illumination during pre-show of opening ceremony.

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Fireworks explode over the Maracana stadium during the opening ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

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Michael Phelps carries the flag of the United States during the opening ceremony.
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The Bulgarian team arrives for the opening ceremony.
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Tennis player Rafael Nadal of Spain carries the Spanish flag during the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
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Team Burundi arrives during the opening ceremony for the 2016 Summer Olympics.
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Athletes of Colombia take part in the opening ceremony.
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Members of the South African team take part in the Opening Ceremony.
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Athletes from Canada takes pictures as they enter the stadium.
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A member of the South Korean team holds up his phone as he marches in the arena during the opening ceremony for the 2016 Summer Olympics.
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Greece's Sofia Bekatorou carries the flag as her team parades during the opening ceremony.
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Athletes of Cameroon take part in the opening ceremony.
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Canadian athletes walk into the stadium during the opening ceremony.
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Nada Albedwawi carries the flag of the United Arab Emirates during the opening ceremony for the 2016 Summer Olympics.
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Flagbearer Teddy Riner of France leads his contingent during the opening ceremony.
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Flagbearer Timo Boll of Germany leads his contingent during the opening ceremony.
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Senegalese athletes dance during the opening ceremony.
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Flag bearer Rose Lokonyen Nathike of the Refugee Olympic Team leads her team during the Opening Ceremony.
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Yane Marques of Brazil carries the flag during the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
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