Dame, Hachimura, Durant + the best reactions to the Olympic opening ceremony

Jul 24, 2021
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SUBDUED. Spectator-less. And still outside the Olympic stadium, protesters still making their voices heard as the world’s biggest sporting event kicks off in the midst of a pandemic.

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But for all the formidable obstacles and restrictions, the Olympic opening ceremony still has the power to give goosebumps.... and a few laughs. (Thanks, Olympic pictogram performers!)

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Here are a few posts from world-famous athletes, clearly buzzed about the opening ceremonies. (Except maybe Kevin Durant.)

Team USA pulls a happy birthday prank on KD. He doesn't look too happy

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Dame shares a few shots

Japan’s very tall flagbearer, Rui Hachimura

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Danilo Gallinari says, in part, "What the Olympics represent cannot be explained in words"

Pau Gasol, in his fifth time at the Olympics

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Here’s one more of the Gasols

Of course shirtless Tongan is back: his third Olympic opening ceremony without a shirt.

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Final torchbearer Naomi Osaka was truly in awe of the moment

Many Filipinos also tuned in to watch the ceremony. One Pinoy, though, was lucky enough to cover it live: Gretchen Ho, who is among the journalists on the ground at Tokyo 2020.

Gretchen takes in the view

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On Twitter, amid the glee and Philippine pride at watching Eumir Marcial and Kiyomi Watanabe carry the flag, netizens also launched onto PH team’s familiar fashion — and a commentator’s perhaps unintentional snark.

Sablay sa Olympics?

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Speaking of announcing na 'Wala pa tayong gold...'

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But overall, we're just happy, and proud, to see the Philippines march on the world's sporting stage.

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With additional reporting by Mark Villeza.

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