Team USA Athletes Like Shaun White Share Behind-the-Scenes Photos from Olympics Opening Ceremony

The 2022 Winter Olympics kicked off with the Opening Ceremony on Friday morning, symbolizing the start of the new Games

Members of Team United States pose for a photograph during the Opening Ceremony of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics
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Athletes at the 2022 Winter Olympics are giving fans a behind-the-scenes look at this year's Opening Ceremony.

The Bejing Games kicked off on Friday morning, symbolizing the start of the highly-anticipated sporting event and featuring the lighting of the Olympic cauldron.

On social media, various members of Team USA documented their journey to and in Beijing's National Stadium, sharing pictures and videos taken from the Opening Ceremony.

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Alpine ski racer Mikaela Shiffrin shared a photo of herself and two members of the ski and snowboard team on Twitter. She wrote alongside her post, "The Opening Ceremonies is getting us in the Olympic spirit!! So fun to watch and see our @usskiteam teammates walking in tonight."

Snowboarder Shaun White posted a boomerang image of himself on Instagram in which he showed off his Opening Ceremony uniform, which was designed by Ralph Lauren.

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"Getting ready for Opening Ceremony," White, 35, wrote alongside a disco dancing emoji.

The athlete also shared a photograph of himself and fellow snowboarder Lindsey Jacobellis, captioning the shot, "Couple of 5 timers" — a nod to the Games being both athlete's fifth Olympics.

Shaun White Instagram
Shaun White Instagram
Shaun White Instagram
Shaun White Instagram

Freestyle skier Ashley Caldwell also shared an image of herself beside her Team USA teammates in their matching red, white and blue Opening Ceremony attire on her Instagram Story.

The outfits feature Ralph Lauren's new Intelligent Insulation technology, which is a sustainably-minded temperature-responsive fabric that adapts to cooler temperatures by expanding and creating a layer of insulation.

Ashley Caldwell Instagram
Ashley Caldwell Instagram

"Let's go USA pairs!!🇺🇸," skater Ashley Cain-Gribble wrote alongside an image of herself and fellow skater Alexa Scimeca Knierim posing with one another on her own feed.

Alpine ski racer River Radamus, meanwhile, shared a selfie on Instagram during the Opening Ceremony's Parade of Nations.

"Momma i made it ❤️," the athlete wrote with the selfie shot, also tagging the "@usskiteam" and "@teamusa" Instagram handles.

Team USA hockey star Alex Cavallini also shared an image of the U.S. athletes on her Instagram Story.

In the shot, the American flags on the backs of the athletes' coats are prominent. "@TeamUSA making moves," she captioned the pic.

Alex (Rigsby) Cavallini Instagram
Alex (Rigsby) Cavallini Instagram

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The Opening Ceremony started with 400 performers taking the stage at the National Stadium (aka the "Bird's Nest"), equipped with giant LED sticks meant to emulate spring willows.

After the performance, fireworks exploded over the stadium, and China's President Xi Jinping and International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach were welcomed by the gathered crowd.

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Children were a main component of the ceremony, appearing in numerous segments, including one where gathered kids sang the Games' theme song.

The Winter Games will operate in a "closed-loop management system" after participants arrive — limiting travel to only Games-related venues within "designated vehicles."

All participants will be required to be tested for COVID-19 daily for the duration of the Games, regardless of vaccination status. Athletes will also be encouraged to wear masks and avoid crowded areas even if they are vaccinated, the playbook states.

To learn more about all the Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls, visit Watch the Winter Olympics, beginning Feb 3, and the Paralympics, beginning March 4, on NBC.

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