Twitter’s thoughts on various aspects of Olympic opening ceremony

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Beginning in the rainforest, moving through the soreness of slavery, conquering the struggle, acknowledging Albert Santos-Dumont’s flight in the early 1900s and then getting each athlete to enter the Maracana Stadium with a seed to plant in some dirt to help the development of trees, as an acceptance of their issues surrounding climate change.

The opening ceremony for the 2016 Olympics had its dancing, empowering music, its art, its fireworks and elements of the bizarre, but compared to London four years ago, Rio didn’t bring the same awe-inspiring vibe.

Instead of attempting to go bigger than those to come before, the feel was cool in a different way, with Brazil almost accepting their limitations and focusing on their abilities to make something special out of what they do have.

Here is some of the positive and negative reaction that graced Twitter:

Some chose to focus on the length of the ceremony instead …

Also on the longer side was the length of Gisele Bundchen’s walk as part of the festivities …

At least we all got to hear The Girl from Ipanema for the first time in a while!

If the length of the ceremony was boring and Bundchen took a long time to strut her stuff in high heels, the commentary from the BBC didn’t seem to be helping the show move along for viewers …

Over in the US, things were no better for those watching on TV …

Speaking of the US, the uniform worn by their athletes also bought some attention …

However, it wasn’t just the US …

The appearance of Tongan flagbearer Pita Nikolas Taufatofua generated much attention, giving Gisele a run for her money …

Pele’s health issues meant that a late replacement had to be sourced to light the Olympic torch and the reaction was positive overall …

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Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.