The 2016 Summer Olympics arrived in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and its opening ceremony was definitely an interesting one. From our amazing American Team to the shirtless Tongan flag bearer to supermodels rocking the runway, here are a few of our favorite moments from the August 5 event.
1.) The American Olympic Team Ran Deep
With iconic swimmer Michael Phelps leading the U.S. Olympic team joining Kevin Durant, Serena Williams, Simone Biles and countless others, it was clear that our team is a force to be reckoned with this year. Rocking Ralph Lauren suits that the Internet didn’t quick take a liking to, over 555 athletes–263 men and 292 women–were there representing our country and hoping to take home the Gold. USA! USA! USA!
2.) The Fineness Called Pita Taufatofua
If you were snoring during most of the ceremony, Tongan flag bearer Pita Taufatofua definitely woke you up when his fine self walked across the screen shirtless and an oiled upper body. The Internet showed their thirst pretty quickly for the 32-year-old taekwondo competitor. And hey, why not? Guess we’re going to be looking for tickets to Tonga STAT!
3.) Brazilan’s Own Gisele Bundchen
Gisele Bundchen made her home country proud slaying down the runway rocking a glittery, silver gown to the tune “The Girl From Ipanema.” You better werk!
4.) Kenyan Runner Kip Keino Receiving The Olympic Laurel Award
This year’s Olympics was the first to hand out the Laurel Award for contributing to education. This year’s recipient was legendary Kenyan runner Kip Keino wants everyone to have food, shelter and education. In his acceptance speech, Keino urged his fellow athletes to assist him in helping educate and support the children of the world, and specifically those who are economically disadvantaged, Bustle noted.
What a great night!
16 Most Memorable African-American Olympic Moments (PHOTOS)
1. Muhammad Ali Lights The Olympic Torch (1996)Source:Getty Images 1 of 16
2. Gabby Douglas Makes Gymnastics History (2012)Source:Getty Images 2 of 16
3. The Dream Team (1992)Source:Getty Images 3 of 16
4. Black Power At The Mexico Olympics (1968)Source:Getty Images 4 of 16
5. Jackie Joyner-Kersee Overcomes Injury (1996)Source:Getty Images 5 of 16
6. USA Women's Basketball Team Wins Seventh Gold (2012)Source:Getty Images 6 of 16
7. Jesse Owens Crushes Hitler's Aryan Supremacy (1936)Source:Getty Images 7 of 16
8. Carl Lewis Becomes A Legend (1996)Source:Getty Images 8 of 16
9. Gail Devers Overcomes Illness (1992)Source:Getty Images 9 of 16
10. Alice Coachman's High Jump Win (1948)Source:Getty Images 10 of 16
11. U.S. Boxing Team Brings Home Seven Medals (1976)Source:Getty Images 11 of 16
12. Michael Johnson Wins Double (1996)Source:Getty Images 12 of 16
13. John Taylor Becomes The First (1908)Source:Getty Images 13 of 16
14. Bob Hayes Makes History In The 100m (1964)Source:Getty Images 14 of 16
15. Dan O'Brien Comes Back (1996)Source:Getty Images 15 of 16
16. U.S. Boxing Team Wins Big (1984)Source:Getty Images 16 of 16
Olympic Fashion Through The Years (PHOTOS)
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2. Sochi 2014Source:Getty Images 2 of 19
3. London 2012Source:Getty Images 3 of 19
4. Beijing 2008Source:Getty Images 4 of 19
5. Turin 2006Source:Getty Images 5 of 19
6. Athens 2004Source:Getty Images 6 of 19
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8. Sydney 2000Source:Getty Images 8 of 19
9. Nagano 1998Source:Getty Images 9 of 19
10. Atlanta 1996Source:Getty Images 10 of 19
11. Barcelona 1992Source:Getty Images 11 of 19
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13. Seoul 1988Source:Getty Images 13 of 19
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15. Montreal 1976Source:Getty Images 15 of 19
16. 1968 Mexico CitySource:Getty Images 16 of 19
17. Innsbruck 1964Source:Getty Images 17 of 19
18. London 1948Source:Getty Images 18 of 19
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