Rio 2016 was officially inaugurated in a stunning Opening Ceremony
Vanderlei Cordeiro de Lima, exmaratonista winning bronze at the 2004 Athens Olympics, was in charge of lighting the cauldron
Maracana (Getty Images) Stadium during the Opening Ceremony
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Culture, music, and nature of Brazil were exposed in the Opening Ceremony of the 2016 Olympic Games, perhaps, one of the best Opening Ceremonies history. 2016 Rio dazzled with the natural beauty of the country, the development of the continent and clear evidence of the special effects that lit up the sky of Rio de Janeiro.
12 schools of samba filled the stadium light (Getty Images Pool)
The legendary Maracana stadium witnessed the show staged masterfully to Rio 2016 to tell this to the world with a spectacular and colorful opening ceremony that began with the showing of an aerial view of the Marvelous City. Illuminated and exultant, Christ the Redeemer, dressed for the occasion, gave the optical illusion of watching the beaches and the hills of the city as "Aquele Abraco" the popular Gilberto Gil was played by Luiz Melodia before a rain of fireworks they lit up the stadium.
The formal ceremony continued with the Brazilian anthem, which was sung by Paulinho da Viola with the public accompanying his stanzas with emotion from the populated stands.
The musical show began with the presence of hundreds of dancers with colorful ribbons and curtain projection sea, jungle and forests of the vast territory of Brazil that marked the birth of life.
The stadium erupted in a scream as the Brazilian model Gisele Bundchen paraded playing "Garota da Ipanema" by Tom Jobim and performed by Paulinho da Viola.
The goddess of the catwalk, Gisele, crossing Maracana (Elsa / Getty Images)
Income Gisele, 36, sparked delirium and admiration of the audience as the model marched towards the image of Jobim, the father of bossa nova, followed by a reflector that impacted on her bright dress open at the front.
After the lush Gisele was the turn of jugglers, who in one of the headwaters of the stadium armed themselves with white cubes birth of contemporary Brazil, before starting to traditional music of Samba, the "pasinho" and funk born in the bowels of the favelas, which gave vent to expressions of joy and excitement of the audience who sang and danced "tropical Country".
Then came a replica 14-bis aircraft designed by Santos Dumont and as the story of the country was the first to cross the skies of Brazil.
A senior musical shows and after a child left a plant in midfield, the ceremony gave way to the parade of delegations of all countries with a total of 11,000 athletes who will be the real protagonists of the Games Rio 2016 Olympics.
The first delegation was parading of Greece, and the rest continued in alphabetical order until again turned the screams and the babble with the entry of the festive Brazilian delegation.
After the second launch fireworks Carlos Nuzman, president of Rio 2016 Committee gave his speech stressing that "Brazil welcomes everyone with open arms. I am the proudest man in the world, "Nuzman said.
Vanderlei, lighting the cauldron (Elsa / Getty Images)
The most emotional moment of the ceremony was the lighting of the cauldron. The first to enter Maracana carrying the Olympic flame was the tennis player Gustavo Koerten, who handed the torch to the basketball player Hortencia Marcari. But the great honor of lighting the cauldron went to marathon runner Vanderlei Cordeiro former da Lima, who won the bronze at the 2004 Athens Games.
Olympic flame in the cauldron now looks to the end of the Games next August 21
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The 2016 Olympic Games officially started in Rio on Friday with the opening ceremony at the Maracana Stadium. (Pictures)
Olympic Games Rio 2016
Athletes from 206 nations and a refugee team are in Brazil to compete in 28 sports and be watched by a global audience of billions.
The build-up has been dominated by a Russian doping scandal, the Zika virus and issues with the city's security, infrastructure and venues.
But it is time for the sporting action to take centre stage.
These are the Games of the 31st Olympiad but are the 28th to be held as those in 1916, 1940 and 1944 did not take place because of war.
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