Flags are now a fashion statement
There was no mystery as to which team Varun Pemmaraju was supporting: His American flag was tied around his neck, the Stars and Stripes floating like a cape behind him. ‘‘I was going for the Superman, Captain America-look,’’ said the beaming 19-year-old computer science and chemical engineering student from San Jose, California, as he stood a stone’s throw from Olympic Stadium. ‘‘I thought America was a little under-represented.’’ Patriotism and the Olympic games have long gone together, but gone are the days when one just waved a flag. Now flags are worn.