RIO DE JANEIRO (KXAN) — The eyes of the word will descend on Rio de Janeiro Friday night for the Opening Ceremony of the 31st Olympic Games.
Some members of Team USA are saying they may have to sit this one out.
Kanak Jha, on the men’s table tennis team, says if he does go, it will be very difficult the next day. For the athletes, it’s a choice between participating in a once in a lifetime event and getting a good night’s sleep before game day.
The most an athlete will have to travel from the Olympic Village to where they’re competing is 20 minutes, the stadium is a bit further.
“Getting 10,000 athletes from the Olympics Village all the way to the Olympic Stadium and back, we’ll probably be home around 3 a.m,” gold medal diver David Boudia said. “So it’s whether I can endure that physically.”
Others spoke of the opening ceremony as an unmissable highlight of the Games. “Embrace that moment for what it is and I’m never get something like that back again.”
Michael Phelps will be the flag bearer for Team USA. His fifth Olympic Games, this will actually be his first time walking in the Opening Ceremony, because he had to compete the next day.
Olympic organizers are mum on what we can expect Friday evening. And even though the budget for the opening night celebration is smaller than the 2012 London Games, the director is promising this will be a bigger show.You can watch the opening ceremony Friday at 6:30 p.m., right after KXAN News at 6.