Rebirth and regeneration
That was the message after the vibrant opening ceremony that heralded the start of the OLympics.
The show is the work of 35.000 professionals and roughly 12.000 volunteers and featured by 12 samba schools and required 5.500 costumes.
Just 271 Russian athletes who walked into the stadium are officially clear to take part in the Games on Thursday.
The Greek Olympic team led by sailor Sofia Bekatorou.