The Rio Olympic Games officially got underway Friday night with Opening Ceremonies at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro. The Games are being held for the first time in South America, and more than 11,000 athletes from over 200 countries will be competing.

By Lloyd Young

Fireworks illuminate the sky over the Maracana Stadium as athletes take photographs during the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

(Sergei Ilnitsky/EPA)