The 2016 Summer Olympics will kick off on Friday, August 5 with the always entertaining opening ceremony. The ceremony will include welcoming speeches, flags being hoisted, the Parade of Nations, and a spectacle to celebrate Brazil’s culture. During the Parade of Nations, all 206 competing nations will be represented by a flag bearer. In a total no-brainer, Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all-time, will handle the honors for the USA.
Brazilian model Gisele Bündchen will be participating in the opening ceremony, which I’m sure will lead to a bunch of super creative jokes about deflated balls. It’s also been rumored that Brazilian soccer legend Pelé is going to light the cauldron. That would be an incredible moment, but Muhammad Ali will always and forever be the GOAT when it comes to cauldron lighting. Goosebump City.
Despite Rio only being an hour ahead of the Eastern Time Zone, NBC is broadcasting the opening ceremony on a one-hour tape delay on the east coast and a four-hour tape delay on the west coast. That doesn’t make a lick of sense to me, but I guess that’s why I’m slaving away as a blogger and not calling the shots for a gigantic television network.
2016 Rio Olympics Opening Ceremony Time, TV Channel & Viewing Details
Date: Friday, August 5, 2016
Time: 8:00 PM ET/PT
Location: Maracanã Stadium, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
TV Channel: NBC