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Let the Olympic Games begin

Olympic Sports

The GIST: While we sadly didn’t see the “Shirtless Tongan,” this morning’s Opening Ceremony was well worth the early wake-up call.

February 04, 2022
DAVID RAMOS/GETTY IMAGES VIA TSN
DAVID RAMOS/GETTY IMAGES VIA TSN

The GIST: While we sadly didn’t see the “Shirtless Tongan,” this morning’s Opening Ceremony was well worth the early wake-up call.

The ceremony: Complete with stunning visuals, incredible technological displays and even some spectators, the Beijing Opening Ceremony was intended to center around the theme of China’s “yearning and willingness to pursue world peace.”

  • But we’re well aware of the political issues at play. Of note, while Taiwan initially planned to skip the Opening Ceremony, they reversed course, citing pressure from the International Olympic Committee (IOC). Interesting.

Team Canada: Led by flag bearers women’s hockey captain Marie-Philip Poulin and short track speed skater Charles Hamelin, around 100 of Canada’s 215 athletes rang in the Games in a blaze of bright red athleisure glory.

World context: As a reminder, the U.S., Canada and several additional countries are conducting a diplomatic boycott of the Games, but that didn’t stop other world leaders from attending the Opening Ceremony, including Russian President Vladimir Putin — a stark reminder of the tense geopolitical tensions surrounding these Olympics.