The Olympic Games got underway in Beijing with curling on Wednesday. On Friday, the opening ceremonies officially kick off the Winter Games just six months after the Summer Games -- which were delayed a year by the coronavirus pandemic -- came to a close in Tokyo.
The opening ceremonies are traditionally a showcase for the host country, and the theme is "Together for a Shared Future." According to the hosts, the motto is representative of the mission to "reflect the necessity for the world to work together towards a better tomorrow, especially given the difficulties faced throughout the COVID-19 pandemic" and to pursue "world unity, peace and progress."
Beijing becomes the first city to host both a Winter Olympics and a Summer Olympics, which it did in 2008. According to the IOC, 2,871 athletes representing 91 national Olympic committees will take part in the Games. Team USA comprises 225 athletes who will be representing 31 states.
Here are some updates from the opening ceremonies:
立春 = "Beginning of Spring."— Olympics (@Olympics) February 4, 2022
The Chinese believe the coming of Spring, in a season of freezing temperatures, often breeds new life. Friends come together and welcome the Lunar New Year, a new season - and #Beijing2022!
#StrongerTogether | #OpeningCeremony pic.twitter.com/WrgpZ0YxDM
Check out the fits
No Olympic opening ceremony for me & @JamesClugnet, but we thought we'd give the ceremony kit a try on. Modelling definitely doesn't seem like a viable career option for either of us🤣 pic.twitter.com/sad2iGKube— Andrew Musgrave (@musgraveandrew) February 4, 2022
It's #OpeningCeremony night! Can't wait to watch @Shoostie2010 to lead out @TeamUSA with that American Flag! 🇺🇸— Phill Drobnick (@CoachPhill) February 4, 2022
I'm honored to be a part of this great group of athletes & staff we have at @usacurl!
It's time to get this party started. #TeamUSA #Curling #Beijing2022 pic.twitter.com/oDvUmapWVh
Parade of nations
The host nation is in the house! 🇨🇳— Olympics (@Olympics) February 4, 2022
Led by speed skater Tingyu Gao and skeleton athlete Dan Zhao, the athletes of the People's Republic of China enter the stadium.#StrongerTogether | #Beijing2022 pic.twitter.com/e0GlA7Ei0O
Hello Greece! 🇬🇷👋— Olympics (@Olympics) February 4, 2022
As is customary, Greece will enter first, lead by flagbearers Apostolos Angelis and @maria_danou.
We're sure to see some amazing outfits, entrances, and enthusiasm from the athletes! 🤩#StrongerTogether | @HellenicOlympic pic.twitter.com/OBHpZBb78T
Jamaica is in the building! #OpeningCeremony— Olympics (@Olympics) February 4, 2022
Jamaica have a bobsleigh team, an alpine skier and women's monobob athlete participating at #Beijing2022.#StrongerTogether | @jamaicaolympic pic.twitter.com/7Akc7MM1gB
Come on in Brazil! 🥳 #OpeningCeremony— Olympics (@Olympics) February 4, 2022
Brazil hasn't missed an Olympic Winter Games since 1992 and they ain't starting now! #Beijing2022
Jaqueline Mourao and Edson Luques Bindilatti lead the way flying the 🇧🇷 flag. #StrongerTogether | @timebrasil pic.twitter.com/SjMO88uO60