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Spotted in Rio: Gisele Bundchen and Michael Phelps as a lightning bug

Led by Phelps, the 554-member US delegation appeared in blazers designed by Polo Ralph Lauren and worn over T-shirts whose striped bars bore an unfortunate resemblance to the Russian flag

Guy Trebay  |  Rio de Janeiro 

Sulu, gho, kera, kalpak, dishdasha and dashiki sound more like crossword puzzlers than words in common parlance. Yet they are the names of elements of costumes that, for centuries, denoted national identity and are now taken out of cultural mothballs for the Olympics. The less said the better about the theatrics of an opening ceremony that combined elements of Cirque du Soleil with a visit to Epcot to produce a spectacle with all the appeal of a public service announcement, one whose oddball highlight might have been the Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bündchen's taking a victory lap in ...

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First Published: Sat, August 06 2016. 22:18 IST