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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 

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