See Pics From the 2021 Olympics Opening Ceremony Including Shirtless Flag Bearers and 1,824 Drones
The Tokyo Olympics Opening Ceremony may have been in a mostly empty stadium, but the energy and excitement was still high. In case you missed the real-time broadcast, here are the most powerful moments to remember including basketball player Sue Bird being one of Team USA’s flag bearers, and tennis champion Naomi Osaka lighting the Olympic Cauldron. Keep reading to live (or re-live) these special Olympic Ceremony moments.
2021 Olympics Opening Ceremony: The National Anthem
The Japan national anthem was sung by Misia, as members of Japan’s Self Defense Forces held the Japanese flag.
2021 Olympics Opening Ceremony: Fireworks Launch From the Ceiling
The fireworks launching from the ceiling of the stadium at multiple times during the ceremony were really impressive!
2021 Olympics Opening Ceremony: Tap Dancers Perform on Tables
Tap dancers dressed as carpenters performed to a traditional work song called the “Kiyari Uta,” performed by members of the Edo Firemanship Preservation Association.
2021 Olympics Opening Ceremony: Dancers Create a Web
This part of the performance was meant to represent the inner blood vessels of the athletes as they trained during the pandemic. Dancers used beige toned clothing and red elastic to represent the bodily functions that are present within every athlete.
2021 Olympics Opening Ceremony: The Olympic Rings Are Formed
The Olympic Rings were made from wood that was grown from seeds brought by international athletes to Tokyo the last time they hosted the Games in 1964.
2021 Olympics Opening Ceremony: Greece Is the First to Enter During the Parade of Nations
Greece is always first since that’s where the Games originated. Then the order followed the Japanese alphabet, with future Olympic host countries being last.
2021 Olympics Opening Ceremony: Sue Bird and Eddy Alvarez Are Team USA Flag Bearers
Team USA was third-to-last to enter in the Parade of Nations, with basketball player Sue Bird and baseball player Eddy Alvarez holding the American flag.
2021 Olympics Opening Ceremony: Drones Form a Planet in the Sky
2021 Olympics Opening Ceremony: Tokyo President Seiko Hashimoto & IOC President Thomas Bach Speech
Tokyo 2020 President Seiko Hashimoto gave a heartfelt, almost teary speech hoping the Olympics will offer a moment of peace. Then IOC President Thomas Bach thanks Japan for hosting the Games, and takes time to welcome the refugee athletes.
2021 Olympics Opening Ceremony: Japanese Pianist Hiromi Performs
Jazz pianist Hiromias lively played as legendary Kabuki actor Ebizo Ichikawa performed on the stage that represents Mount Fuji and the sun.
2021 Olympics Opening Ceremony: Performers Recreate Olympic Sport Pictograms
Performers recreated the 50 Olympic sports with live human pictograms, including basketball, fencing, and skateboarding.
2021 Olympics Opening Ceremony: Naomi Osaka Lights the Olympic Cauldron
Naomi Osaka, who’s representing Japan, was the final torchbearer who lit the Olympic Cauldron.