Opening Ceremonies For Rio Olympics To Include Brazilian Natives Pele And Gisele Bundchen
Four days away from the opening ceremonies at the Rio Olympics and many of the details of the show have been leaked. According to the Daily Mail, the information was leaked on social media by spectators that were watching the dress rehearsal last night in Rio. There were three thousand guests and they were asked not to take photos or reveal details of the show.
Although Rio is an hour ahead of the Eastern time zone, according to Bleacher Report NBC will not begin televising the event until 8 pm EST. NBC Sports Group Chairman Mark Lazarus addressed media members in a pre-Olympic presser last week that the event will be shown on tape delay.
International model Gisele Bundchen is going to strut her way into Maracana Stadium. No doubt she’s be fabulous, but there is a bit of a plot twist. Bundchen is going to be robbed during the opening ceremony of the Olympics to portray the reality of living in Rio de Janeiro. A chase will ensue around the stadium for the assailant and then ultimately he is caught and ‘justice will prevail’. As Bundchen walks down the catwalk a “The Girl from Ipanema,” a song popular in the 60s, will be playing in the background. Ipanema is a seaside neighborhood in Southern Rio.
Brazil will show off it’s rich arts culture but will not shy away from bringing forth the problems it faces as a third world country. There will be 300 professional dancers that will dance to show the history of Brazil. There will also be a replica 14 Bi flyover, the first biplane built by Brazilian aviator Santos Dumont.
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Director of the show Leonardo Caetano says the show is not a chronological piece, but a reinterpretation of Brazil. The first part of the show demonstrates how Brazilians greet people, then it goes on to show that Brazil lives on the largest green reserve in the world and it’s importance. The third part of the show symbolizes how Brazil can make something out of very little. Caetano noted that Rio Brazil doesn’t have anywhere near the budget London did in 2012.
There are 12,000 costumes made from 22 miles of tissue.
Each country’s team will walk into Maracana Stadium behind its own samba band. Each athlete will be contributing to the green space of Brazil and will plant a sapling in a totem which will grow to 12,000 trees in Deodoro Olympic Park.
British actress Judi Dench will read a poem that talks about global problems with Brazilian film and TV star Fernanda Montenegro.
Former soccer great Pelé is expected to light the Olympic flame inside the stadium. Pelé is known as “the Black Pearl” and the greatest soccer player of all-time. At the age of 15 he began playing for Santos FC in São Paulo and played there from 1956 – 1974. He also played for the Brazilian national team and the New York Cosmos. Throughout his entire career he scored 1,283 goal which includes unofficial friendlies and tour games. He still holds most goals scored in a career in the Guinness World Records.
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