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The Grand Olympic Games have kickstarted in the most grand fashion. The Maracanã Stadium, Rio de Janeiro was all lit up with the pulsating ceremony of the event. An estimated audience of 3 billion experienced the grandeur that observed Brazil's history, culture and natural beauty, before former marathon runner Vanderlei de Lima lit the Olympic cauldron.
The Rio 2016 games have been laid out amidst a deep recession and political protests in Brazil. Nonetheless, there was no way it couldn't have been a grand success.
All you need to know about the ceremony, right ahead!
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"The mood was one of relief that it was actually here, that the scandals and scares that have blighted the build-up at last have something more life-affirming to crash up against", the chief sports writer wrote about the event. The organizers are now hoping that the attention would shift to the competition which holds the dreams of 207 teams coming from worldwide.
The cauldron was lit by De Lima, who won bronze for Brazil in the marathon at the 2004 Olympics after he was tussled by a spectator while he led the race.
The crowd inside Maracana was treated to a show that mixed light displays, fireworks, dancing and music. It left everyone stupefied!
Then, video projections beamed on to the floor of the stadium exploring the history of the country. The show was fascinating, and engulfed the spirits of the audiences.
Performers jumped and danced across projections of giant buildings, symbolizing the cities of Brazil.
Two-time Wimbledon champion and 2012 gold medalist Andy Murray said that carrying the British flag into Maracana would be the proudest moment of his career. The 29-year-old was followed by around 70 of Team Great Britain's 366 athletes, while many others remained in the training base in Belo. The Russian team comprised of 271 athletes.
The largest team was that of the United States, with more than 600 athletes taking part.
The Olympic flame represents peace, unity and friendship. It is used to pass on the flame from one bearer to another until it reaches the cauldron at the ceremony.
Let's hope the best win.