Scenes from the Special Olympics World Games Opening Ceremony

Michelle Obama spoke and Stevie Wonder performed but all eyes were on the 6,500 athletes with their arms stretched upwards

On Saturday night the Coliseum burned bright as athlete and Special Olympics co-founder Rafer Johnson and Special Olympian Destiny Sanchez lit the caldron signaling the opening of 2015’s Special Olympics World Games. All arms were in the air as 6,500 athletes from 165 countries joyfully entered the stadium. Over 65,000 fans showed up to cheer the athletes on, and they were joined by celebs like Colin Farrel, Scott Hamilton, Jimmy Kimmel, and Eva Longoria, among others. Check out the inspirational scene from the field and stands and be sure to hit some of the events taking place in L.A. over the next six days. All are free to the public.