The Opening Ceremony of the Rio Olympic Games started this morning with a stunning parade that included stunning floats, dancers and some rather large helicopters. The “Super Sonic” athletes who took part marched through the ranks of the police as they were accompanied by the Brazilian military band.

The opening ceremony of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics is now in full swing, and we’ve got you covered with all the news, photos and videos from the event so far.

Sochi Olympic Games got off to a spectacular start Tuesday with the opening ceremony, which included the lighting of the Olympic flame. The ceremony featured the Russian national anthem, a march of athletes, the lighting of the Olympic cauldron and the Olympic flag being raised over the stadium. The Games will last through February, but there are plenty of others to watch on the web. Read on for live updates and photos from the opening ceremony, the first day of competition and more.

Tokyo time is 10:27 p.m. on July 23.

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9:23 a.m. ET, July 23, 2021

9:23 a.m. ET, July 23, 2021

In terms of attire, I’m impressed by how the nations cope with the reality that their delegations include both men and women. They seem to travel in one of many directions: 1. Both men and women wear suits, albeit maybe with different shoes. 2. In golf, males wear trousers while ladies wear unattractive skirt versions. 3. Everyone is dressed in the same ugly outfit. 4. Put on your native garb! And, of course, 5: There’s a beautiful man who doesn’t wear a shirt, so who cares what the rest of us are wearing?

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9:22 a.m. ET, July 23, 2021

9:22 a.m. ET, July 23, 2021

Rich Motoko

Tokyo-based correspondent

From South Africa, a really beautiful mask game.

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9:22 a.m. ET, July 23, 2021

9:22 a.m. ET, July 23, 2021

Myanmar’s military launched a coup in February, and since then, hundreds of people have been murdered and others have been imprisoned. The coronavirus is spreading throughout the nation, and the military is denying those who resist the coup access to oxygen. Athletes from Myanmar boycotted the Tokyo Olympics, objecting to support a military regime that imprisoned the country’s elected leaders. Others, though, showed up. It’s difficult to fathom how difficult each athlete’s choice was.

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9:16 a.m. ET, July 23, 2021

9:16 a.m. ET, July 23, 2021

Beijing is restricting Hong Kong’s liberties. But one athlete offers a little jump and wave, a glimmer of optimism in an otherwise hopeless situation in Hong Kong.

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9:16 a.m. ET, July 23, 2021

9:16 a.m. ET, July 23, 2021

Rich Motoko

Tokyo-based correspondent

Given all that has happened in the past year, seeing Hong Kong march in is extremely moving.

Credit… The New York Times/Alexandra Garcia

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9:15 a.m. ET, July 23, 2021

9:15 a.m. ET, July 23, 2021

Rich Motoko

Tokyo-based correspondent

Portgual has the same amount of vigor as the host dancers.

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9:15 a.m. ET, July 23, 2021

9:15 a.m. ET, July 23, 2021

Macur, Juliet

Tokyo-based correspondent

Vanessa, you’re just halfway there? Oh, my goodness, the globe has never seemed so vast!

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9:14 a.m. ET, July 23, 2021

9:14 a.m. ET, July 23, 2021

Macur, Juliet

Tokyo-based correspondent

Botswana, in my opinion, wins the fashion display. Simple blue off-the-shoulder gowns with white striped embellishments. It’s fantastic.

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9:14 a.m. ET, July 23, 2021

9:14 a.m. ET, July 23, 2021

We’re barely halfway done, Juliet. It’s much too early to make a prediction.

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9:14 a.m. ET, July 23, 2021

9:14 a.m. ET, July 23, 2021

Victor, and certainly not all nations. There are a lot of regions, islands, and just one Chinese Taipei.

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9:14 a.m. ET, July 23, 2021

9:14 a.m. ET, July 23, 2021

Belgium: Is this the country where men wear suits and women wear rompers?

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9:13 a.m. ET, July 23, 2021

9:13 a.m. ET, July 23, 2021

Mather, Victor

Tokyo-based correspondent

There are so many nations.

Credit: The New York Times/Chang W. Lee

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9:13 a.m. ET, July 23, 2021

9:13 a.m. ET, July 23, 2021

Rich Motoko

Tokyo-based correspondent

The United States isn’t even proceeding in alphabetical order. Because Los Angeles is a potential host city. That’s why you haven’t visited France yet.

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9:13 a.m. ET, July 23, 2021

9:13 a.m. ET, July 23, 2021

We’re barely halfway through the Japanese alphabet, Victor.

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9:12 a.m. ET, July 23, 2021

9:12 a.m. ET, July 23, 2021

Belgium is a nation with a lot of logos.

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9:11 a.m. ET, July 23, 2021

9:11 a.m. ET, July 23, 2021

Benin seems to be in excellent condition. Those clothes are really very enjoyable.

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9:11 a.m. ET, July 23, 2021

9:11 a.m. ET, July 23, 2021

Minsberg, Talya

Tokyo-based correspondent

As he carried the flag, one of Puerto Rico’s flag bearers, table tennis star rian Afanador, made a motion as if he were cradling a baby to sleep. He’s a new father!!

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9:06 a.m. ET, July 23, 2021

9:06 a.m. ET, July 23, 2021

To get entry, Brazil performed a little dance routine. The choreography is fantastic.

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9:06 a.m. ET, July 23, 2021

9:06 a.m. ET, July 23, 2021

Rich Motoko

Tokyo-based correspondent

Brazil, the previous Summer Olympic host, marches with a small delegation of four athletes.

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9:06 a.m. ET, July 23, 2021

9:06 a.m. ET, July 23, 2021

Bhutanese national clothing is almost compulsory. Men’s calves are flaunted in kilts. Women’s clothing is more modest.

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9:03 a.m. ET, July 23, 2021

9:03 a.m. ET, July 23, 2021

Rich Motoko

Tokyo-based correspondent

I was just thinking to myself, “Hey, we missed Japan alphabetically in Japanese,” but I suppose the host is usually last. Japan is referred to as “Nippon” or “Nihon” in Japanese.

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9:01 a.m. ET, July 23, 2021

9:01 a.m. ET, July 23, 2021

Paraguay performing their best candy cane impersonation.

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8:59 a.m. ET, July 23, 2021

8:59 a.m. ET, July 23, 2021

And, courtesy of Vanuatu, there’s another naked, oiled-up flagbearer! Check out his academic qualifications, Sarah.

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8:55 a.m. ET, July 23, 2021

8:55 a.m. ET, July 23, 2021

Pita Taufatofua marched in Tokyo at his third Olympics, where he will compete in taekwondo.

Pita Taufatofua marched in his third Olympic Games in Tokyo, where he will participate in taekwondo. Credit… The New York Times/David Mills

Pita Taufatofua became an instant celebrity five years ago when he marched naked and in traditional Tongan garb during the 2016 Rio Olympics opening ceremony, and he did it again at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

Taufatofua returned to Tokyo on Friday for his third Olympiad, where he will participate in taekwondo. Earlier in the day, Taufatofua expressed his surprise at the response to his traditional attire.

In a phone interview on Friday, he added, “It was truly a surprise to me.” “All of a sudden, within a day, social media use skyrocketed. Who is your boss? We’ve got to speak. I had no idea what such phrases meant.”

Taufatofua eventually accepted the attention. He is currently a UNICEF ambassador and a motivating speaker.

“To me, the Olympics aren’t even about the athletes,” he said. “I believe we are just a reflection of every single individual on the world who is attempting to overcome a challenge.”

Taufatofua, who began taekwondo as a kid, dismissed the idea that he is attempting to profit from his Olympic popularity. He was eliminated in the first round of the Rio Olympics, but observed that half of the judo competitors did the same. In addition, he had to face a top-ranked opponent.

He added, “It’s an honor to battle these people.” “I’m not trying to be the greatest in the world.” I came to be the finest version of myself.”

Taufatofua remained tight-lipped about his plans for the opening ceremony.

“All we can do now is wait and see what the Olympics bring,” he added. “You know, we’re in the greatest show in the planet right now.”

(He came in traditional garb, as he did in Rio.) He’ll be trending on the internet again in no time.)

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8:55 a.m. ET, July 23, 2021

8:55 a.m. ET, July 23, 2021

The naked Tongan flagbearer from Rio has returned! (Also, he seems to have an engineering degree, so don’t objectify him.)

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8:55 a.m. ET, July 23, 2021

8:55 a.m. ET, July 23, 2021

Tonga is a well-oiled machine when it comes to opening ceremonies.

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8:55 a.m. ET, July 23, 2021

8:55 a.m. ET, July 23, 2021

Rich Motoko

Tokyo-based correspondent

At the very least, the Tongan flagbearer will not be walking in such outfit in sub-zero conditions in Pyeongchang this time.

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8:50 a.m. ET, July 23, 2021

8:50 a.m. ET, July 23, 2021

They’re Ralph Lauren, Sarah. Is there anything more I can say?

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8:50 a.m. ET, July 23, 2021

8:50 a.m. ET, July 23, 2021

Mather, Victor

Tokyo-based correspondent

A familiar scene from previous ceremonies. When not in use, local volunteers sit in the stadium aisles to get a peek of the action. Many people opt to volunteer at the Games in order to be a part of something new and exciting. With little skepticism, a large number of people here are watching and enjoying the show.

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8:50 a.m. ET, July 23, 2021

8:50 a.m. ET, July 23, 2021

Dominica features two athletes, both of whom seem to be in excellent shape.

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8:50 a.m. ET, July 23, 2021

8:50 a.m. ET, July 23, 2021

Oh, my gosh, NBC just aired a sneak peek of the American athletes as they prepare to enter the stadium. They seem like they came straight out of a South Pacific landscape. Please explain the striped shirts, Vanessa.

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8:49 a.m. ET, July 23, 2021

8:49 a.m. ET, July 23, 2021

Sarah, I observed that several Team USA members had made bandannas out of their striped cravats and wrapped them over their heads to absorb perspiration. That is one method of adapting.

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8:48 a.m. ET, July 23, 2021

8:48 a.m. ET, July 23, 2021

I’d want to state unequivocally that I would not want to work for a company that forced me to wear a cravat.

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8:48 a.m. ET, July 23, 2021

8:48 a.m. ET, July 23, 2021

Tajikistan is dressed with three-piece suits. That is dedication.

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8:48 a.m. ET, July 23, 2021

8:48 a.m. ET, July 23, 2021

Tuvalu has some lovely greenery. The bandeau top also has the helpful “Tuvalu” printed on it.

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8:47 a.m. ET, July 23, 2021

8:47 a.m. ET, July 23, 2021

Curious as to how NBC decides which nations receive the split-screen treatment during ads and which get…skipped? Condensed?

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8:47 a.m. ET, July 23, 2021

8:47 a.m. ET, July 23, 2021

Thai athletes have put up images of their king in past Olympics. No pictures this time, under a new monarch.

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8:47 a.m. ET, July 23, 2021

8:47 a.m. ET, July 23, 2021

Rich Motoko

Tokyo-based correspondent

The Japanese fans, Sarah and Juliet, have always been excellent at cheering for everyone. Fans in Pyeongchang sent flags for all of the ice skaters, who unfurled them as they skated.

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8:46 a.m. ET, July 23, 2021

8:46 a.m. ET, July 23, 2021

Mather, Victor

Tokyo-based correspondent

South Korea is ranked 103rd in the world. That means we’ve reached the half-way point!

The New York Times’ James Hill is to thank for this image.

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