They’ve come a long way and the Olympics crowd knows it.

Five months after the creation of the Refugee Olympic Team — a group made up entirely of refugees without the opportunity to compete for a specific country — they made their entry into Maracanã Stadium for the Opening Ceremony.

The athletes entered to a standing ovation, wearing tan pants, blue blazers and waving a flag bearing the Olympic logo, under which they will compete.

The Olympians were given the honor of entering second to last, right before the host country of Brazil rolled into the stadium.

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Rose Lokonyen Nathike, who will run in the women’s 800 meters, led her team, waving the Olympic flag. Read more…

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Refugee team receives incredible welcome at the Olympics Opening Ceremony