The United States Virgin Islands team, small but colorful, marched in the opening ceremony as if it were a day at the beach. Their uniforms were red and blue flowered shirts and shorts, men and women.
However, the female members of the delegation altered their official wardrobe. They peeled off their colorful blouses to reveal equally colorful bikini tops. That brought a flurry of camera-snapping.
Immediately behind them marched the British Virgin Islands team, stepping smartly in crisp white shirts, buttoned up. Stiff upper lips, all.
This is the first of a daily roundup of Olympic-related items from reporters in Barcelona from the Los Angeles Times, Newsday, Baltimore Sun and Hartford Courant, all Times-Mirror newspapers.