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Wheelchair Jumps and Dancing With Robots at Paralympics Opening

The 2016 Paralympic Summer Games opened in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil with a spectacular wheelchair jump.

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Clodoaldo Silva is embraced by singer Seu Jorge after lighting the cauldron during the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games at Maracana Stadium on Sept. 7, 2016. The Games will run until Sept. 18.

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Performers take part in the opening ceremony.

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American Aaron "Wheelz" Fotheringham, in a wheelchair, jumps from a massive ramp and performs a back flip through a giant ring.

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Members of Brazil's team enter the Maracana stadium.

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Amy Purdy wears a 3-D printed dress as she dances with a robotic arm during the opening ceremony of the 2016 Paralympics.
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Fireworks light up the arena.

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Performers take part in the opening ceremony.

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Participants react to fireworks.

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Performers take part during the opening ceremony.

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Performers at the ceremony.

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Paralympic athletes from Spain.

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Athletes enjoy the performance by singer Seu Jorge.

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