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Gisele, Tonga and Team USA Generate Opening Ceremony Buzz

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    Flag bearer Pita Nikolas Taufatofua of Tonga leads his Olympic Team during the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Maracana Stadium on August 5, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

    How much excitement was there across the country for the Rio Olympics Opening Ceremony?

    The official start of the Games overtook even Donald Trump on Google Trends:

    President Barack Obama tweeted out his support for Team USA, but also for the team of refugees who will make Olympic history, as well:

    Early on all eyes were on Gisele Buendchen, as the supermodel performed perhaps the last catwalk of her career on the biggest stage of her career while "The Girl From Ipanema" blared through the stadium.

    But her walk in a shimmering gown wasn't the last the audience would see of Gisele on this night.  Moments later she was spotted among performers, dancing her heart out during a musical number, drawing cheers in the stadium and tweets online:

    Another moment drew the ire of some Americans -- particularly those in Dayton, Ohio. Why? Well Brazil believes it is the home of flight, not the American Midwest, where the Wright brothers made their famous first flight.

    In the end, however, the night belonged to the Parade of Athletes. 

    One of the biggest cheers of the night came for the first-ever team of refugee athletes. And yes, they have their own Twitter account.  It should be a very interesting follow throughout the Games.

    And then there was Tonga.

    The shirtless, well-oiled flag bearer -- 32-year-old Pita Taufatofua -- competes in taekwondo, but basically won Internet gold Friday night.

    Here is a sampling of the tweet storm following his appearance on international television:

    Because this is a digital age, it seemed like there were just as many cell phones as athletes in the parade, which gave us a unique perspective on the event. Check out some of Team USA's tweets from the festivities: