The 2020 Tokyo Olympics Opening Ceremony Photos Are Seriously Beautiful

Team USA's Ralph Lauren 'fits??? Incredible.

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It has been a LONG time coming, people, but we are finally, finally watching the 2020 Olympics, which are obviously taking place in 2021. COVID-19 delayed the games for more than a year, and athletes are just now getting the chance to show what they've been working for. And honestly, thank god. The Olympics have this funny way of bringing entire countries of people together, which sounds like exactly what everyone needs after a very long 18 months.

The opening ceremony in Tokyo took place this morning U.S. time. And on top of getting to see some of the most famous athletes in the world enter the arena (Simone Biles! Allyson Felix! Naomi Osaka!), we also got to admire some seriously great outfits. Here are all the best pictures from the opening ceremony.

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Team Japan Entered the Stadium

What better way to open the Games than with the host country's athletes?

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Team Japan Entered the Stadium

You can't tell from the masks, but Team Japan was super excited to be there.

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Fireworks Went Off

Is it even an opening ceremony without fireworks? No. It isn't.

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The Ceremony Involved Performers

Because of COVID-19 and the lack of audience, this year's opening ceremony had to be scaled down, but there were still a few ~moments~ featuring performers.

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The Ceremony Involved Performers

This is what the colored blocks looked like once the performers set them down.

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Team USA Walked in Together

Hello, big group of famous American athletes!

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Team USA Walked in Together

Ralph Lauren designed the outfits everyone is wearing, in case you were wondering. If you want to buy your own Team USA merch, head right this way for the best options.

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Team USA Walked in Together

Looking at these pics is like Olympian Where's Waldo? Anyone else spot Sue Bird and Eddy Alvarez? These two led the charge as the U.S. flag bearers for the ceremony.

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A Group of Leaders Watched the Proceedings

There wasn't a huge audience for this year's opening ceremony, but U.S. First Lady Dr. Jill Biden, Prince Albert II of Monaco, and French President Emmanuel Macron still nabbed seats to see their nations parade in.

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Hello, Dr. Biden!

Check out the flag mask. She came prepared!

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More Athletes Entered the Stadium

As athletes arrived, they passed these cool geometric mounds (and lots of blue-tinted empty seats).

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Natalia Santos Led Team Angola Into the Stadium

There's not officially a "best dressed" awarded at the Parade of Nations...but if there was, it'd go to handball star Natalia Santos.

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Yes, Drones Were Involved

Drones flew over the stadium as athletes proceeded in.

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And Then the Drones Made a Globe

The drones created a globe display hovering above the festivities.

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The Athletes Were Separated

Despite the big groups they walked in with, each team was kept relatively separate from others once inside the stadium.

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There Were a Few Short Speeches

Tokyo 2020 President Seiko Hashimoto and IOC President Thomas Bach each spoke to the athletes.

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And Everything Ended With a Bang

What a show!

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