Regardless of the persevering with, the are nonetheless taking place, with the standard opening ceremonies unfolding Friday in Japan, in entrance of a tiny in-person viewers. Although NBC coated the ceremonies reside within the early morning on US TV, many viewers will seemingly watch the rebroadcast, which airs at 7:30 p.m. ET/PT on NBC and on the NBC Sports activities app and NBCOlympics.com. This is what to search for.
Tonga is again
Identical to on the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, and the 2016 Video games in Rio, one group stood out. For the third Olympics in a row, taekwondo athleteof Tonga gained the world’s consideration by marching shirtless, with an oiled-up chest and torso. (This was maybe extra awe-inspiring when he did it on the nevertheless it’s nonetheless attention-grabbing.)
Issues have been a bit of completely different this yr: Taufatofua wore a face masks, and he was joined by Malia Paseka, Tonga’s first feminine Olympian to compete in taekwondo. He congratulated his teammate and fellow flag bearer.
“A particular congratulations to our Flag Bearer, Malia Paseka,” Taufatofua tweeted. “She did an incredible job main the way in which for extra participation of females and youth in sport in Tonga. So proud to stroll alongside facet our first ever feminine taekwondo Olympian!”
Followers have been drawn to the Tonga group.
“Clearly the very best pair of flag bearers within the Parade of Nations,” wrote one Twitter person. “You each are wonderful!”
Wrote one other, “**BREAKING** TONGA HAS WON THE OLYMPICS. We will all go residence now.”
This yr, Tonga wasn’t alone within the oiled-up athlete enviornment. Rower Riilio Rii from Vanuatu additionally pulled off the shirtless and shiny look.
“Pita, we see you and we increase you,” the official Olympics Twitter account wrote.
Now I do know my ABCs?
The international locations often file into the stadium in alphabetical order. However while you watch this yr, you could marvel in the event you even know the alphabet. That is as a result of it is within the order utilized in Japan.
There are additionally another variations. Greece, residence of the unique Olympics, leads the pack, adopted by the Refugee Staff, athletes from troubled international locations who’ve largely been coaching in Kenya. The USA marches in close to the top, adopted by France after which Japan, the host nation. (If you wish to observe alongside, Wikipedia has the order.)
Many who have been anticipating the groups to march in ABC order have been thrown.
“This order is bonkers,” wrote one Twitter person. “I clearly must revisit the alphabet.”
The assorted sports activities have been additionally displayed by performers wearing white and blue and dubbed “human pictograms,” who re-create the icons used to depict every sport.
Wrote one Twitter person, “This reside motion Wii sports activities menu was surprising however very a lot appreciated.”
Stated one other, “Give the pictogram group a GOLD.”
The opening ceremonies will probably be rebroadcast within the US on NBC at 7:30 p.m. ET/PT. The Olympics run by Aug. 8.