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The 2021 Olympics are almost here. After being postponed for a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this summer’s games will be held in Tokyo from July 23 to August 8. Although thousands of Olympians from around the world are currently arriving at the city’s Olympic Village, the event won will officially begin ahead of the Olympic Opening Ceremony this Friday.
Typically a star-studded affair with thousands of spectators, this year’s event will be drastically reduced – but spectacular, nonetheless. Read on below for everything you need to know to watch the 2021 Olympics Opening Ceremony.
How to watch the Olympic Games Opening Ceremony
The opening ceremony will begin at 7 a.m. ET on July 23 and begin airing exclusively on NBC and its affiliate networks. There will be a prime-time broadcast at 7:30 p.m. ET, with a nightly rerun also starting July 24 at 12:35 a.m. ET.
You can also watch the ceremony live on NBC Sports Network, CNBC, USA and Golf Channel. To stream the ceremony on NBCOlympics.com and the NBC Sports mobile app, viewers will need a cable subscription. Free trials are available for YouTube TV, Hulu with Live TV, AT&T TV Now, FuboTV, or Sling TV. In Spanish, it will also be broadcast on Telemundo and Universo.
What will happen during the opening ceremony?
During the opening ceremony of the Olympics, the flag of the host country – in this case, Japan – is hoisted and its national anthem will be performed for those in attendance. Artistic displays of music, dance, song and theater will be presented, which represent the unique history and culture of Japan, followed by the parade of nations and the release of doves to symbolize peace. The Games will be opened by Japanese Head of State Shinzō Abe, followed by the raising of the Olympic flag and the performance of the Olympic anthem. An athlete, official and coach will take the Olympic Oath, which will end with the lighting of the Olympic flame and an Olympic torch relay.
This year’s performance is unknown, however – if past performances are any indication – there could be thousands of artists completing elaborate dance and music numbers, as well as Japanese celebrity appearances. Musical performers for the Olympics are also unknown at this time; past musicians have included Celine Dion, Paul McCartney, Kygo, Bjork and Kylie Minogue.
However, the annual order of the Parade of Nations – where each team presents their flags, athletes and officials – will be different this year. Traditionally, Greece – the founding country of the Olympics – will lead the parade, followed alphabetically by the rest of the teams and the host nation leading the rear. For the 2021 parade at the new national stadium of Japan, the host countries of the next Games will also be recognized. This means that before Japan’s final entry, the French and US teams (hosts of the 2024 and 2028 Olympics, respectively) will parade first.
Who is present?
Crowds will be sparse at the Olympic ceremony this year as international and local spectators have been banned from the event, according to WUSA9. Families and friends of the athletes will also not be in attendance, although a Remote Viewing Party for Team USA will be held in Orlando, Florida. This is due to the current state of emergency in Japan, as cases of COVID-19 have increased in the country over the past several weeks. However, the ceremony will be attended by officials from the International Olympic Committee, sponsors and international dignitaries, including First Lady Jill Biden. “Today’s” Savannah Guthrie will also be live in Tokyo for the occasion.
What will the athletes wear?
Team USA athletes have traditionally been outfitted on and off the field by Ralph Lauren and its affiliated brands since 2008. This year, Lauren’s Opening Ceremony uniforms for Team USA aim to celebrate “America’s pioneering spirit and tradition. “. Outfits include a sustainably crafted navy blazer and striped t-shirt, as well as a printed scarf, shoes, and face shield. The Team USA flag bearer will also wear a brand new cooling technology, called RL Cooling, which will regulate its temperature during the parades of the Olympic and Paralympic Opening Ceremonies.
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