The Rio 2016 Olympics kicked off last night. The Opening Ceremony was a simple one that boasted an earnest message as well as a party vibe – and it was greeted with enthusiasm on social media…
Sports fans praised the Opening Ceremony’s green and environmental theme:
Spirited green opening ceremony of Rio Olympics.
Rain forests and environment centre stage.
Thanks – so inspiring! pic.twitter.com/KFY7XgW2pu
— Erik Solheim (@ErikSolheim) August 6, 2016
— ?? (@gabeharmonizer) August 6, 2016
— Gary C (@oohgaryc) August 6, 2016
Though some were quick to point out that Rio’s road to the Olypmics could have been greener…
— Rainforest Trust (@RainforestTrust) August 6, 2016
Meanwhile viewers were also touched by the introduction of the first ever refugee Olympic team:
My heart is so happy for the #RefugeeOlympicTeam ❤️????????????????
— Mona Bagatsing (@Mownana) August 6, 2016
#RefugeeOlympicTeam this hashtag is beautiful, these people are an inspiration to all of us. A symbol of strength.
— Mystery/Crime Books (@bfbooks96) August 6, 2016
New rule: It's totally ok to cheer for the #RefugeeOlympicTeam at least as hard as you do for your own country's athletes.
— Jennifer Latham (@jenandapen) August 6, 2016
But it wasn’t all serious. The Olympic Ceremony also showcased Rio’s carnival heritage:
— Team GB (@TeamGB) August 6, 2016
— Satish Pandey (@SatishKTM) August 6, 2016
There was dancing and music galore:
— putana de seatbeltz (@DboogdogFW) August 6, 2016
My littlest should be in bed, instead she's dancing around like a loon to the Rio opening ceremony! #lovetheolympics
— Carrie Prideaux (@sportycarrie) August 5, 2016
The #OpeningCeremony from Rio was beyond beautiful. I'm still dancing from the music.
— Now×ReturnxThexEbony (@HelloxEbony) August 6, 2016
Supermodel Gisele walked a super-sized catwalk…
Gisele Bundchen last runway show pic.twitter.com/NrvLBpqhJN
— ㅤ (@smokensunset) August 6, 2016
All in all, social media was impressed by the show Rio put on:
— Ray Hudson (@RayHudson) August 6, 2016
Already blown away by #OlympicCeremony And this is on a limited budget?! Brill.
— Kathy Rose O’Brien (@kathyroseobrien) August 5, 2016
Some were momentarily distracted by Tonga’s topless flag bearer…
— Benjamin Siemon (@BenjaminJS) 6 August 2016
— Lindsey Warren (@Lindsey651) August 6, 2016
— Brandi (@BlondieInTX) 6 August 2016
But Olympic spirit was officially out in force:
A few????moments during #OlympicCeremony. Not sad tears, but just ones from seeing athletes of the world standing together in broken times????????…
— David Fertello (@DavidFertello) August 6, 2016
Of course for the UK, it was a long night…
— rachel mcfc ???? (@racheljjw35) August 5, 2016
Last thing I recall is holding the remote waiting for the Rio Olympics opening. Next thing I knew it was 8am. Sleep 4 | Me 0.
— Paul Ampurire ☹ (@TheJuneKid) August 6, 2016
But the consensus is that staying up was worth it…
— *AlwaysBadTiming* (@Vany_8209) August 6, 2016