The Rio Olympics leaves behind several memorable stories. The 2016 Summer Games are over, but there were a lot of wonderful moments that the Olympic champions and their supporters will always remember.
The 31st Olympiad took place August 5-21 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The international multi-sport event brought together over 11,300 athletes from over 200 countries. However, only 87 teams split the 975 medals. Some of the winners even broke records. Here are a few examples:
During the 2016 Rio Olympics Summer Games, Simone Biles became the most decorated American gymnast. She secured five medals: four gold and one bronze. She established a new American record, being the athlete who won the most gold medals in women’s gymnastics at a single Olympiad.
The soccer player Neymar led his national team to the first-ever Olympic gold medal. Brazil won the Olympic title revenging their defeat against Germany that happened in 2014. At the Rio Olympics, the victory decided over the penalties lottery. Neymar scored the winning goal, fulfilling his role as the team’s captain.
The best-known American swimmer, Michael Phelps won six medals: five gold and one silver, at the Rio Olympics. During his Olympic career, he secured a total of 28 medals, and he became the most decorated Olympian of all time.
Monica Puig won the gold medal in the women’s tennis competition at the Rio Olympics. The 22-year-old became the first gold medalist representing Puerto Rico. Also, Puig is the first Latin American player who has won the women’s singles tournament.
The 30-year-old Jamaican athlete, regarded as the fastest human ever timed, proved his skills at the 2016 Rio Olympics. Usain Bolt won three gold medals during the third Summer Games in a row, making his win a “triple-triple.”
The U.S. women’s fencing team won the bronze medal in the saber final at the 2016 Rio Olympics. Ibtihaj Muhammad became the first American who competed wearing a hijab.
Max Whitlock won three medals: two gold and one bronze. During the Rio Olympics, he became the most successful British gymnast. In the history of the U.K., he is the first Olympic gold medalist, in artistic gymnastics.
Those at the Rio Olympics have memorable stories to recall. The athletes broke 79 records throughout the 2016 Summer Games, in nine sports disciplines: modern pentathlon, athletics, canoe sprint, weightlifting, cycling track, swimming, rowing, shooting, and archery.
Overall, Team USA was impressive. The Americans secured 121 medals: 46 gold, 37 silver, and 38 bronze. During their history in the Olympics, both summer and winter games, the U.S. crew have secured a total of 2,520 medals, of which nearly 50 percent are gold.
However, some conflicts marred the Rio Olympics. Multiple officials were involved in ticket-scalping. Also, the swimmer Ryan Lochte was in the middle of a scandal after lying about a robbery.
Overall, there were memorable stories from the Rio Olympics. The competition was harsh, so the spectators were delighted. Moreover, the victories were “seasoned” with dramatic or touching moments, while the ceremonies were a delight for the eyes.
The next Summer Games will take place in Tokyo, Japan, in 2020 between July 24 and August 9. It will be the 32nd Olympiad, at which more than 12,000 athletes are expected, representing over 210 nations.
By Bianca-Ramona Dumitru
Edited by Cathy Milne
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