The 2016 Summer Olympics arrived in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and it’s 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
Cool moment from Serena's Snapchat: USA athletes chanting as they walk out of the tunnel. 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸
With iconic swimmer Michael Phelpsleading 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!
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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!
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!
BEAUTIES, will you be the watching these global games this year?