Rio 2016 organizers are dropping the curtain on the Summer season Games, Sunday soon after hosting the world’s elite athletes who’ve competed for 306 medals over the past 19 days right here in Rio de Janeiro.
The closing ceremony starts at 8 p.m. neighborhood time, which is one hour ahead of Eastern Time. Because of NBC’s time delay, it really is airing at eight p.m. ET and progressively later across the U.S.
We’re updating this post with scenes from the event, so please refresh to see what is happening in Rio. We got a late start due to technical troubles, so we’re filling in some blanks from the official guide to the ceremony.
The opening ceremony started with a countdown, equivalent to the a single we saw in the opening ceremony. Soon after that, performers evoked the colors we’ve observed all throughout these games — inflections on Brazil’s blue, green, and yellow flag — to type a welcoming array of Rio landmarks.
Later in the show, a segment evoked the expanse of time that the opening show also got at, with cave-paintings displayed on Maracana Stadium’s floor in a a meditation on archeology.
The impact was extremely fairly — but the crowd loved what came in the show’s second half. A single segment, cartoon characters such as Mario ran about — and then, inexplicably and but wondrously, shot a drill bit through the Earth and out the other side. They produced a tunnel that links Tokyo (hosts of the 2020 Games) and Rio, with a green pipe-like entrance protruding from Rio.
And right here in Rio, the tunnel’s green entrance the magically appeared on the floor of Maracana — and out popped Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Or at least that is what we’re told. It is one particular of those “Wait, what… I adore it!” moments that Olympic ceremonies pull off at their ideal.
One more winning segment came earlier, when Grupo Corpo, a modern dance troupe from the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais, put on component of “Parabelo,” a single of its shows, at the ceremony. But then the dancers gave way to “clay people,” and the functionality drew roars of approval as the crowd bopped along to Luiz Gonzaga’s forró song “Asa Branca.”
The closing ceremonies must often incorporate speeches, and that happened usually tonight. There had been also national anthems — of Brazil, of Greece, of Japan, and of Kenya (in the course of a medal ceremony for marathon).
At the finish of the show came a tribute to a individual favourite of ours: the genius landscape designer and artist Roberto Burle Marx, renowned for his organic, wavy shapes (he developed Copacabana’s iconic sidewalk tile pattern). Trained in Europe, Marx was a champion of Brazil’s native plants and its rainforests. In this segment, the music is “Chovendo na Roseira,” in a version by Tom Jobim.
The flame was then extinguished, in a graceful official end to these games.
And then, soon after a thoughtful pause — and because Rio knows how to celebration — the drums kicked in, and six six samba singers belted out “Cidade Maravilhosa” (Marvelous City) — a Carnival march that is Rio’s anthem. In the stadium, row upon row of individuals stood and danced, singing along.
Was it then more than? Not yet: A sound truck appeared, along with 12 carnival queens, and athletes who competed in these games poured out of
Whilst these games have been criticized for not possessing complete seats, Maracana was packed last night with men and women who watched Brazil’s men’s soccer group win gold. And tonight, it’s complete of folks who came out to appreciate the exclusive spectacle the Olympics brings.
Music — noticed by several as the backbone of Brazil’s culture — is woven all through this ceremony, from old classics and classic music to new pop sounds from about the country. The audience clearly agrees with the choices the show’s music programmers have produced. Brazilian music has several anthems, requirements that everybody can sing, and tonight we’re hearing strains of familiar music reworked in new methods.
At the begin of the show, a choir of 27 kids entered, looking like tiny twinkling stars. With singers representing Brazil’s 26 states (and the Federal District), they performed Brazil’s national anthem.
We’ll note that after a travel delay, we arrived at Maracana Stadium later than we wanted — it is a rainy, dreary evening in Rio. But the show should go on — even in an open-air stadium. Tonight, Maracana’s halls are darkened to highlight the light show and the Olympic flame.
At the end of an Olympics, talk usually turns to their legacy – and as an alternative of one, these games could be said to have a lot of: Very first and foremost, there is the drama, grace, and excellence displayed by more than 11,000 athletes.
Then there are the games’ effects on Rio – its people, its infrastructure, and it standing. What will turn into of the buildings erected to host this international occasion? And will the Paralympic Games, which have faced large spending budget difficulties right here in Rio, go smoothly?
The influence of the Olympics on the city’s future is tied to its influence on Brazil – whose economy was bustling when Rio won the appropriate to host these games eight years ago but which was continually forced to rebalance its price range for the Olympics and Paralympics, creating cuts that occasionally gave a ramshackle air to the proceedings.
And then, we come to the members of the U.S. swim group who failed to distinguish themselves repeatedly in an episode that at some point led U.S. Olympic Committee President Scott Blackmun to apologize “to our hosts in Rio and the people of Brazil for this distracting ordeal.”