The Opening Ceremony for the Paralympic Games was, by many accounts, a resounding success. Digging deeper into the ceremony, an official Tumblr blog shared some highlights, facts, and figures from the event.
The ceremony began with a narration by Prof. Stephen Hawking:
Hawking also passed a message of support to the athletes through the Paralympic Opening Ceremony blog, in which he said: “The Games provide an opportunity for athletes to excel, so let us together celebrate excellence, friendship, and respect. Good luck to you all.”
Photos from rehearsals were featured heavily, as participants practiced the athletes’ entrance, Sir Ian McKellen rehearsed his role in the “Navigation” segment, and dancers prepared for the big night.
The cauldron was lit by Margaret Maughan, Great Britain’s first-ever Paralympic gold medallist from the first games in 1960.
Elsewhere, attendees at the ceremony captured some of the stunning sights and shared them on Twitter and Instagram.
@tim_brannigan made fun of Britain’s tendency to play “Hey Jude” at every event ever
The Great Britain team enters the stadium. (Photo by @hidden_superhero)
“Absolutely stunning!!” wrote @christinakelkel.
“Let the Paralympic Games begin!” said @marianawakim.
Meanwhile, if you missed the Opening Ceremony, the entire thing is available to watch on YouTube, courtesy of the International Paralympic Committee.
Photo via Paralympic Opening Ceremony