The Parade of (207) Nations is finally over, and here’s what we deduced:
▪ Smallest delegations: Nine nations have a total of two athletes participating (Bhutan, Chad, Dominica, Equitorial Guinea, Uberia, Mauritania, Nauru, Somalia and Swaziland), and the tiniest delegation is Tuvalu, with just one athlete — sprinter Etimoni Timuani.
▪ Largest delegations: United States (555), Brazil (462), China (416), Germany (371), France (369), Great Britain (331) and Japan (326).
▪ Loudest cheers: For Portugal (in ripped jeans), France, United States, Mexico, Israel, Palestine, the Refugee Olympic Team and Brazil.
▪ Loudest boo: For interim Brazilian President Michel Temer when he declared the Rio Games open.
▪ Most memorable costumes: Sweden (bright yellow), Canada (stylish by designer Dsquared2), Mozambique (nice plaid), Namibia (colorful stripes), Cuba (by French shoe designer Christian Louboutin), Peru (nice scarves), Papua New Guinea and Malaysia (classy), Aruba and Lesotho (best hats), United States (preppy with illuminated USA jacket on flagbearer Michael Phelps — powered by eight AA batteries). And, Tonga, whose flag bearer, taekwondo athlete Pita Taufatofua, went shirtless in traditional costume and was slathered in body oil.