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Rio Olympics Daily Preview: August 5

General Views of Maracana Stadium - FIFA World Cup Venues Brazil 2013

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - NOVEMBER 12: An aerial view of the Christ The Redeemer statue (F) and the Maracana Stadium (B) on November 12, 2013 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)

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After two days of competition in women’s and men’s soccer, the 2016 Summer Olympics will officially get underway Friday night. The Opening Ceremony will be held at the Maracanã Stadium, with coverage beginning at 7:30 p.m. Eastern on NBC. The Opening Ceremony can also be watched at NBCOlympics.com, and on the NBC Sports app as well.

7:30 p.m. ET/ 6:30 P.M. CT - Opening Ceremony - WATCH HERE

6:30 p.m. MT - Opening Ceremony - WATCH HERE

7:30 p.m. PT - Opening Ceremony - WATCH HERE

Bob Costas will open the broadcast, with the trio of Matt Lauer, Hoda Kotb and Meredith Vieria serving as your hosts for the Opening Ceremony. Reporters Michele Tafoya and Ros Gold-Onwude will also be reporting from the Maracanã. Included in the Opening Ceremony are the lighting of the Olympic flame and the parade of nations, with swimmer Michael Phelps being selected to serve as flag bearer for the United States delegation earlier this week.

Competition at the XXXI Olympiad in Rio de Janeiro begins in earnest Saturday, with medals due to be awarded in seven different sports.