Olympia 2021 – Prime moments on the opening ceremonies in Tokyo

The Olympics officially begin in Tokyo on Friday morning. The opening ceremonies open the games, which have been postponed for a year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The opening ceremonies are traditionally a showcase for the host country and the theme, according to the hosts, will be “United by Emotion”, with the mission to “reaffirm the role of sport and the value of the Olympic Games, express our gratitude and admiration for the efforts made which we all did together over the past year and also to convey hope for the future. “

206 nations and more than 11,000 athletes take part in the first summer games in Tokyo since 1964. Team USA has 613 athletes, the second most in team history.

Here are some of the best moments at the opening ceremonies:

Best of the performances

Tokyo 1964 ➡️ # Tokyo2020

The wood used to make the Olympic rings comes from trees grown from seeds brought back by international athletes when the Tokyo Olympics were last hosted. 😍🌳 # StrongerTogether #OpeningCeremony pic.twitter.com/DFeMAmF28Y

– Olympia (@Olympics) July 23, 2021

The writing is on the … floor # Tokyo2020 # OpeningCeremony # UnitedByEmotion | #StrongerTogether | #Olympics pic.twitter.com/VLTSZAa3wx

– # Tokyo2020 (@ Tokyo2020) July 23, 2021

Separately, but not alone.

With the advent of COVID-19, many athletes had to train in isolation for that moment. But they were always connected by their hope and shared passion. ❤️ # StrongerTogether #OpeningCeremony pic.twitter.com/7teAvhljXe

– Olympia (@Olympics) July 23, 2021

We are all connected 🤝 # Tokyo2020 | #Olympics | #UnitedByEmotioin | #StrongerTogether pic.twitter.com/i8qOrn7oUK

– # Tokyo2020 (@ Tokyo2020) July 23, 2021

we don’t cry

YOU cry # OpeningCeremony pic.twitter.com/QUPrldRPvn

– USA Rugby (@USARugby) July 23, 2021

Check the fits

🇺🇸 #USABWNT is looking for FRESH for # Tokyo2020 Opening Ceremonies! pic.twitter.com/LbCUHUWL4O

– USA Basketball (@usabasketball) July 23, 2021

Squad up # ForGlory🇺🇸 #TeamUSA # Tokyo2020 #OpeningCeremony pic.twitter.com/128OE69SDI

– USA Baseball (@USABaseball) July 23, 2021

The flag bearers of Team USA, basketball player Sue Bird and baseball player Eddy Alvarez wear special cooling jackets to brave the summer heat. For the ceremonies, the temperature is in the low 80s.

Here we go! @ Tokyo2020 @TeamUSA pic.twitter.com/ud3WriFpIC

– Katie Ledecky (@katieledecky) July 23, 2021

Did a few of these before @paugasol? 😅🇪🇸 # OpeningCeremony # Tokyo2020 #Basketball pic.twitter.com/wB9AbBdL9y

– FIBA ​​# Tokyo2020 (@FIBA) July 23, 2021

They’re all doing a pretty polish! 😅 # Tokyo2020 #OpeningCeremony #Basketball pic.twitter.com/hjeGKRHmkM

– FIBA ​​# Tokyo2020 (@FIBA) July 23, 2021

Argentina wants to be here

We need Argentina’s opening ceremony every day tbh. #Olympics pic.twitter.com/Mr3fIajVMx

– E! News (@enews) July 23, 2021

Hello Argentina! 👋 # ARG # opening ceremony | @PrensaCOA pic.twitter.com/TtVZClc56B

– Olympia (@Olympics) July 23, 2021

Parade of Nations

The traditional march of the participating nations into the Olympic Stadium is one of the highlights of the opening ceremony.

Greece is always the first nation to join – that’s what you get when you enter 776 BC. Started with this whole thing. The other 205 groups will proceed in alphabetical order based on the Japanese alphabet.

There are some notable things in the procession. Russia will not officially participate as a country as it has been banned from its state sponsored doping program. Russian athletes can still compete, just not behind their country’s flag.

There is also a team of refugee athletes. This team includes people from countries like Syria, South Sudan, Eritrea, Afghanistan and Iran.

The athletes parade begins! 🌏

The first athletes to enter the stadium are from Greece, the historic home of the Olympic Games. # GRE @ HellenicOlympic | # Opening ceremony | # Tokyo2020 | #StrongerTogether pic.twitter.com/DoueNijuQx

– Olympia (@Olympics) July 23, 2021

For the second time in their history, the Olympic Games are welcoming the IOC Refugee Olympic Team! ❤️

The delegation is led by the flag bearers, swimmer @YusraMardini and marathon runner Tachlowini Gabriyesos. # StrongerTogether #OpeningCeremony #EoR @RefugeesOlympic pic.twitter.com/ftVl2Kzd4H

– Olympia (@Olympics) July 23, 2021

Those Angola uniforms. 😍 # ANG # opening ceremony pic.twitter.com/OVGeaS3BkM

– Olympia (@Olympics) July 23, 2021

Welcome to the #opening ceremony @ItaliaTeam_it!

Jessica Rossi and @eliaviviani carry the flag for the hosts of the 2026 Winter Olympics. #ITA #StrongerTogether # Tokyo2020 pic.twitter.com/lkjDdBsqhW

– Olympia (@Olympics) July 23, 2021

Come in … Israel! Hanna Minenko and Yakov Toumarkin carry the flag of Israel. # ISR # StrongerTogether | # Opening ceremony pic.twitter.com/z7lK6LiR1w

– Olympia (@Olympics) July 23, 2021

Yeah nah, coupa ‘athletes are in here

Until 2032 # Tokyo2020 | #UnitedByEmotion | #StrongerTogether | #Olympics | @AUSOlympicTeam pic.twitter.com/dFekXmHSWt

– # Tokyo2020 (@ Tokyo2020) July 23, 2021

You are here, representing over 1 BILLION people! #IND

Olympic boxing medalist Mary Kom and hockey star Manpreet Singh wear proudly for @ WeAreTeamIndia. # StrongerTogether #OpeningCeremony pic.twitter.com/XpNbvd00oH

– Olympia (@Olympics) July 23, 2021

Five years after Rio, one year later than planned, we are finally here. # TeamGB # Tokyo2020 pic.twitter.com/9ihwcFnwfy

– Team GB (@TeamGB) July 23, 2021

This is what we call stylish entry. Welcome Kenya! # KEN # StrongerTogether #OpeningCeremony @OlympicsKe pic.twitter.com/BDqudmDJip

– Olympia (@Olympics) July 23, 2021

🍁🤝🇯🇵

Greetings, @TeamCanada! #OpeningCeremony | # Tokyo2020 pic.twitter.com/M3VhR2RMDv

– Olympia (@Olympics) July 23, 2021

# PyeongChang2018, Republic of Korea hosted the last Olympic Games is here! # KOR # StrongerTogether #OpeningCeremony @Korea_Olympic pic.twitter.com/u36A84GbBg

– Olympia (@Olympics) July 23, 2021

Welcome to # Tokyo2020, People’s Republic of China 🇨🇳

In just over six months, the world will come together again at the Winter Olympics @ Beijing2022! #OpeningCeremony | #StrongerTogether pic.twitter.com/VDqHsUHDz9

– Olympia (@Olympics) July 23, 2021

Just wow! # TUV # opening ceremony pic.twitter.com/poYrCVfR4p

– Olympia (@Olympics) July 23, 2021

The GOAT is ready

LET THE GAMES BEGIN pic.twitter.com/6jYpzT0min

– Simone Biles (@Simone_Biles) July 23, 2021

Simone Biles tries to defend her gold medal in women’s all-around gymnastics and to increase her total of five Olympic medals. Would you bet against them?

When her coach Cecile Landi first saw Biles attempt the Jurchenko double jump on a mat last summer, she said, “Every coach, every gymnast – we knew we were going to see history and something we probably never would will see again. “

Shirtless Tonga is back

Everyone’s favorite shirtless Tongan has entered the building. Pita Taufatofua, Taekwondo practitioner in Tonga, skier and canoeist – he took part in both the summer (taekwondo) and winter (cross-country skiing) games – left a lasting impression at the games in Rio when he was shirtless and covered the opening ceremony attended the oil.

Much to the joy of the Internet, he returned to his signature look on Friday as one of the flag bearers for Team Tonga.

He is here! 👀 Pita Taufatofua # Tokyo2020 | #UnitedByEmotion | #StrongerTogether | #Olympics pic.twitter.com/cxnjBs71EJ

– # Tokyo2020 (@ Tokyo2020) July 23, 2021

Taufatofua, who is one of two Tongans to ever reach the Winter Games, teased him that he would make his signature appearance before the ceremony.

It’s time .. 🇹🇴🇹🇴🇹🇴 pic.twitter.com/2nhGTqHRPb

– Pita Taufatofua (@pitaTofua) July 23, 2021

FLOTUS in the house

Dylan Martinez / Pool Photo via AP

Dr. Jill Biden, the First Lady of the United States, will represent America at the ceremonies. President Joe Biden will not be participating in the Games. This is not the first time a first lady has represented the country at the Olympics. In 1994 Hillary Clinton took part in the Winter Games in Lillehammer, Norway. Laura Bush participated in the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy, and Michelle Obama represented America at the London 2012 Summer Games.

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