With the possible exception of the dude from the Solomon Islands who dyed the flag in his goatee, this year's Parade of Nations was stolen by the athletes without a nation.
A trio of athletes sauntered into the Olympic Stadium under the banner "Independent Olympic Athletes", dancing around as if they were on their way back to the dorms after closing time at the local pub.
These people were the life of the party, though their most appropriate entrance song surely would have been "Who Are You?"
Several Twitter jokesters speculated as to whether they might be from Mars. Clearly if that were the case they would have been walking in to "Life On Mars?"
The three dancers, as well as one other athlete performing as an Independent, are actually from Earth. Shocking, I know.
The ones we saw on TV are from the Netherlands Antilles, which apparently is no longer a thing.
In 2010, the five islands that previously shared a similar relationship with their parent nation as American Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico do with the United States went in a new direction. Three of the islands are now considered a part of Netherlands proper while the other two elected to do their own thing but still be ruled by the Dutch kind of like Aruba does.
All that left three athletes who don't share much with the Dutch besides a language in a strange position, so the IOC permitted them to compete as Independents.
The three are Reginald De Windt (judo), Liemarvin Bonevacia (400m run) and Philipine van Aanholt (sailing).
They are joined by marathoner Guor Marial of South Sudan, a nation which just won its independence last summer. As is probably the case for most nations one year out of a war for independence, an Olympic Committee isn't the first thing on South Sudan's mind, so Marial isn't technically competing under their banner. (Considering he has a marathon to train for, we'll cut him some slack for not being at the dance party).
In the event any of these four should win gold -- and believe me, after that entrance I'm pretty sure most of the world is rooting for that to be the case — the Olympic Hymn will be played.
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