More than 1 billion people will tune in to watch the opening ceremonies, which have been named “Isles of Wonder”.
In West Michigan, we can see the ceremonies on NBC at 7:30pm. With the parade of nations, the event is expected to be four-and-a-half hours long.
Nearly 15,000 people and over 100 animals will be a part of the show, including cows, goats, sheep, and chickens.
Queen Elizabeth is expected to make an appearance during the ceremony.
While you’re watching the games, be sure to keep an eye on our West Michigan athletes:
Jordyn Wieber – At just 17 years old, the gymnast from DeWitt has been named one of the top 5 U.S. athletes to watch during this year’s games. She’s already graced the cover of Sports Illustrated Magazine. The gymnastics competition begins August 5. See Jordyn’s bio here.
Dathan Ritzenhein – Rockford High School, class of 2001. He’ll be competing in the 10,000 meter race on August 4 at 4:15pm. See his bio here.
Tia Brooks – East Kentwood High School, class of 2008. She’ll be competing in the shot put competition. Qualifying takes place August 6 at 5:15am, with the finals at 2:15pm. See her bio here.
Sarah Zelenka – Grand Valley State University, class of 2009. She’ll be competing in the pairs rowing competition on Saturday, Monday, and Wednesday. See her bio here.