The glitter and glamour of Rio's stunning Olympics opening ceremony gave way Saturday to bitter competition for the first medals of the Games.
Brazilian marathon runner Vanderlei Cordeiro lighting the cauldron following an exuberant display of Brazil's cultural heritage, capped by breathtaking pyrotechnics -- and a burst of high-octane samba.
Brazil's Gisele Bundchen strutted across the arena to the iconic "Girl From Ipanema" before Greece, home of the ancient Olympics, led out the colorful athletes' parade.
The Russian delegation, battling allegations of state-backed doping, got only lukewarm applause when they entered the stadium.
Israel's delegation to Rio is its largest ever, and includes 47 athletes competing in 17 sports, 34 coaches, and 25 support staff, the Times of Israel reports.
The Olympics' first-ever team of refugees marched into history with a standing ovation from the crowd. The delegation of ten athletes hail from Syria, South Sudan, Ethiopia, and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
More than 10,000 athletes from 207 teams took part, with the biggest cheers reserved for the specially formed refugee team and the joyous Brazilian contingent.