A good portion of the California Golden Bears contingent was not present at the 2016 Opening Ceremony—most of the Cal athletes in Rio are swimmers and have to keep their regimens going for the next couple of days.
But some prominent Bears were in attendance. Let’s take a look at some of their best moments. Thanks to Ruey Yen for compiling these moments.
Stephanie Au carried the flag for Hong Kong.
So proud to see Stephanie Au carry the flag for Hong Kong during tonight's opening ceremonies. #CalBearsInRio pic.twitter.com/7AAnEdTDBG— Cal W Swim/Dive (@CalWSwim) August 6, 2016
Jahvid Best gets a chance to cap off an electric athletic career running for St. Lucia in track and had a big smile on his face; the NBC announcers were quick to mention Jahvid’s affiliation with Cal.
Another @Cal mention by @NBCOlympics and there's @CalFootball alum Jahvid Best w/ the St. Lucia delegation #GoBears pic.twitter.com/I9OInQUysr— Ruey Yen (@YRueyYen) August 6, 2016
Carli Lloyd is setting for Team USA volleyball in these Olympics and walked the Ceremony in Rio!
Lily Zhang is competing in women’s table tennis and is looking to make a deep run.
There is Table Tennis #Calympian @lilyannzhang in #Rio2016 #OpeningCeremony #GoBears pic.twitter.com/EckkCCmfhI— Ruey Yen (@YRueyYen) August 6, 2016
Toni Ann-Williams was spotted with the Jamaican delegation.
I spy #Calympian @calwgym star @_toniwilliams_ w/ Jamaica delegation #Rio2016 #Olympics #OpeningCeremony #GoBears pic.twitter.com/Qffv2gqFYn— Ruey Yen (@YRueyYen) August 6, 2016
As was Danny Barrett with the US Rugby 7s team.
More #Calympians spotted! @CalVarsityRugby alum Danny Barrett @bookemshaaarkie from #OpeningCeremony parade #GoBears pic.twitter.com/y5IbITOdsU— Ruey Yen (@YRueyYen) August 6, 2016
Luca Cupido, on the USA Water Polo team, stood just left of Michael Phelps in the front line of the USA delegation.