"Today is the day" supermodel Gisele Bündchen also wrote in Portuguese alongside the Instagram image she shared Friday

By Kathy Ehrich Dowd
August 05, 2016 10:10 AM
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Good morning, Brazil!

As all eyes turn to Rio Friday for the Opening Ceremony at the 2016 Summer Olympics, supermodel and Brazilian native Gisele Bündchen has shared a stunning shot of her beloved city.

“Bom dia Brasil!!!” the 36-year-old mother-of-two captioned an early-morning image of waves crashing along the shore as Rio’s skyline is visible in the background.

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Writing in her native Portuguese, Bündchen also included the hashtag “riocidade maravilhosa,” which translates to “Rio wonderful city,” and “éhojeodia,” meaning “today is the day.”

Later, the model gushed about the Games in a separate Instagram post, writing, “I am so happy to be part of the opening ceremony in my homeland and to celebrate these bright stars from around the globe.”

“As I walk down tonight on the longest runway I have ever been on I will be sending out all my love and positivity,” she wrote. “I am humbled and honored to be part of this historic moment for my country. I believe that the unity is the key to creating a world filled with kindness, gratitude, peace, and love.”

Bündchen will take part in the opening ceremony Friday evening, which will introduce athletes from 206 nations as well as the first-ever refugee team.

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Gisele Bundchen/Snapchat

In a series of Snapchat videos, the star also sang as she walked along the shore. In one clip, a woman who appears to be Bundchen frolics in the sand. The caption read, “Que felicidade!!!” – which translates to “what happiness!!!”

According to the BBC, the show has been in the works for five years and includes 300 dancers, 5,000 volunteers and 12,000 costumes. An estimated three billion people worldwide are expected to tune in.

To learn more about all Olympic hopefuls, visit teamusa.0000org. The Rio Olympics begin Friday on NBC.

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