Olympics opening ceremonies are a must-see. In fact, they’re considered one of the most watched events around the world. Through the years, as technology evolves, imaginations grow, and our appetite for bigger and better continues to increase, these ceremonies often manage to somehow stay one step ahead of all of that.
Last night, all eyes were on Brazil and their opening ceremony. But let’s take a look back at these 11 photos which are a great example of why you should never miss watching an Olympics opening ceremony.
1. Humongous inflatable Olympic rings stole the show during the 1968 Mexico summer games.
2. The Atlanta Olympics in 1996 featured children wearing costumes resembling rings.
3. A human tower opened the 1980 Moscow Olympics.
4. A very big Masha the Bear picture was created by spectators at the Moscow games too.
5. The opening ceremony of the 1984 Los Angeles games showcased a guy with a jet-pack.
6. Bjork and her shocking, stadium- dress were one of the highlights of the 2004 Athens Olympics.
7. And these people dressed like Greek statues join in the fun.
8. Human snow globes were scene stealers during the 1992 Winter Olympics in France.
9. The 2000 Sydney Olympics featured giant jelly fish.
10. Plush owls opened the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympic in Japan.
11. They were with these women dressed as colorful flowers.
Aside from colorful costumes, breathtaking performances, and fireworks displays, Olympics opening ceremonies also showcase some of the most unique stages and props ever seen. Each host country has something special they want to share, and opening ceremony is an excellent opportunity to do just that.