“Grateful & honored” – Seacoast Olympians during the opening ceremony

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Nearly 700 of America’s top athletes, including three with close ties to the coast, took part in the opening ceremonies of the Tokyo Summer Games on Friday morning.

Friday’s opening ceremonies, which took place at 7 a.m. EST, gave fans the first indication of the impact of the virus when 5,700 masked athletes marched through a nearly empty stadium during of what is generally a vibrant and exciting ceremony.

Jessica Parratto from Dover posted a photo of herself during the ceremonies on his Instagram page.

“Grateful and honored to represent the red, white and blue. T-3 days until game day,” she captioned her photo.

Rachel Schneider, originally from Sanford, retweeted a photo of fireworks over the Olympic stadium.

Five-time Olympian in women’s basketball Sue Bird and baseball player Eddy Alvarez were the flag bearers who led the US team into the stadium. John Legend and Keith Urban were among those who performed John Lennon’s classic “Imagine” at the ceremony.

The music also included an orchestral mix of iconic Japanese video game songs, including the theme of Roto from the Dragon Quest series.

Tennis star Naomi Osaka lit the Olympic cauldron after it was introduced into the stadium by Japanese baseball greats Sadaharu Oh, Shigeo Nagashima and former Yankee Hideki Matsui.

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