According to NBCOlympics.com’s Nick Zaccardi, the order of the Parade of Nations in tonight’s Opening Ceremony was set by the Russian alphabet. That meant the entrance for the U.S. Olympic Team, while still relatively late, came slightly quicker than normal (after Slovenia but before Tajikistan).
WATCH: Video of Team USA in Parade of Nations
With the 66th spot in the order of 88 nations, the Americans – with Nordic combined competitor and six-time Olympian Todd Lodwick as their flag bearer – have made their way into Fisht Olympic Stadium. Remember to visit NBCOlympics.com to see how they’re celebrating the occasion on social media.
Swimmers Allison Schmitt and Elizabeth Beisel hosted the Team USA Awards Red Carpet Show live on Facebook.
The show will air on NBCSN on Oct. 4 from 10-11 p.m. ET.
In the meantime, here are photos from the red carpet:
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The IOC has sanctioned three boxers – two from Ireland and one from Britain – for betting on fights at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
The International Olympic Committee issued “severe reprimands” to Ireland’s Michael Conlan and Steve Donnelly and Britain’s Antony Fowler for violating the rules that prohibit betting.
None of the boxers won medals.
The IOC says all three placed bets on fights at the games, but adds that “there was no intent to manipulate any event.”
Athletes and officials are banned from betting on Olympic events and required to report any approach or suspicion of fixing.
The IOC says, in order to be eligible to compete in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, the three boxers must undergo an “educational program.”
The Irish and British national Olympic committees also received reprimands for “not having properly informed” their athletes of the betting rules.
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