All the Viral Moments, Memes from Tokyo Olympics Opening Ceremony

Although fans had to wait an extra year for the opening ceremony to kick off, the international stage didn't disappoint with more than enough viral moments going for gold.

7/24/2021 9:40:00 AM

Although fans had to wait an extra year for the opening ceremony to kick off, the international stage didn't disappoint with more than enough viral moments going for gold (via toofab)

Although fans had to wait an extra year for the opening ceremony to kick off, the international stage didn't disappoint with more than enough viral moments going for gold.

A scaled-down opening ceremony in the newly rebuilt Olympic Stadium was witnessed by less than 1000 spectators in a venue built for 68,000, as the threat of COVID-19 still looms over the world sporting event. But even as local support for the Games lagged, athletes were disqualified for testing positive for the virus and teams opted out of the parade of participants, the Olympics proved just as exciting and memorable as ever.

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Keep reading for the all the best moments from the 2020 Summer Olympics opening ceremony that kept fans talking and tweeting, below.A Japanese Boxer and Her Treadmill Steal the ShowAlthough Japanese boxer and front line nurse Arisa Tsubata lost her chance to compete in the Games due to the pandemic, she was able to capture the world's attention at the opening ceremony with her one-woman treadmill show. In a gesture signifying the social distancing challenges faced from COVID-19, Arisa spent almost five minutes alone running on the machine. And she instantly became the first viral moment of the Games, as Twitter exploded with their take on the solitary exercise showcase.

*turns on Olympic ceremony*Fifteen minutes of a star Japanese boxer jogging on a treadmill in an empty stadium, her story of triumph against odds... then an announcement that she won't get to actually compete because her qualification tournament was cancelled due to Covid. headtopics.com

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Did countries march out of order at the Tokyo Olympics opening ceremony?No, countries did not march out of order at the Tokyo Olympics opening ceremony TokyoOlympics Why are you walking on some countries that we want to hear about. Shame on you NBC !! Qutar had how many athletes? I’m extremely offended!! I’m watching the opening ceremonies for the olympics and you decided to have an interview while we’re watching who’s in the darn olympics. How racist and inconsiderate.

Tonga's Oiled-Up Flag Bearer Is Back and Heating Up the Tokyo Olympics Opening Ceremony - E! OnlineAfter making quite the appearance in 2016 and 2018, Tonga’s Pita Taufatofua returns to the 2020 Olympics Opening Ceremony to represent his country. It is kinda funny that if the genders were reversed, there would be outrage and hand wringing. Amusing. Kinda over this now...next oiled up man can walk wherever He is back better than before. Malo MMT

NPR Cookie Consent and ChoicesI want to see if covid can do a 7ft long jump. That’s about it. wow I really enjoyed this. I thought it would be awful without the crowd present, but it was great. The drone globe was unreal. Just the idea that we can build these machines and program them to move that way. Sometimes humans can do some cool stuff.

Naomi Osaka Lit the Olympic Cauldron at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics Opening CeremonyTennis star Naomi Osaka made a surprise appearance at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics opening ceremony on Friday to light the Olympic cauldron.

Tokyo Olympics Opening Ceremony Director Fired Over Holocaust JokeThe man in charge of directing Friday's Tokyo Olympics opening ceremony has just been fired hours before the start of the event ... after it was discovered he made a Holocaust joke in 1998. Lol but it was funny Wait till they hear what the county of Germany did. How did he nazi that comin