The Rio Olympics may not have gotten off to the best start, what with all the poisonous water and Ryan Lochte lying about getting robbed at gunpoint. But, for the most part, it was one hell of a show. Here are some of our favorite moments from the 2016 Rio Olympics…
1. The Entire Country Of Fiji Completely Lost It After Winning Their First Olympic Medal
Fiji is a small country, and hasn’t taken home a medal in its entire history. But this year, the country’s rugby team managed to defeat Great Britain, who they gained independence from in 1970. When the whistle blew, they had a gold medal and the entire country collectively freaked out. In fact, the Prime Minister now refuses to make any changes to the Fijian flag for the foreseeable future.
2. Michael Phelps Beat A 2,000 Year Old Olympic Record Previously Held By Leonidas Of Rhodes
Before Rio, Leonidas of Rhodes, born in 188 BC, held the record for most individual Olympic titles ever, at 12. For 2,000 years no one would ever come close to breaking the record. Until fish man Michael Phelps showed up and won 28 medals, including 13 golds in individual events, beating Leonidas’ title.
American Abbey D’Agostino and Nikki Hamblin of New Zealand were half way through the women’s 5,000 meters semi-finals when the two collided. With D’Agostino injured, the two helped each other to the end but finished last. Despite that, they both earned a spot in the finals for their sportsmanship.
4. China’s Olympic Swimming Star Babysit A Random Kid On His Flight Back Home
Sun Yang of China took home a gold medal for the men’s 200m freestyle. But he didn’t let the fame go to his head. On a flight back home to China, Yang befriended a young boy, Lucas, who was traveling with his aunt.
Lucas didn’t have any idea who Yang actually was, but the athlete spent the entire flight home babysitting the boy so his aunt could nap.
After winning one bronze medal in swimming, Fu Yuanhui’s team just missed out on one in the 4x100m medley relay. Yuanhui was pretty open about the reason she lost — she had just started her period. “I didn’t swim well enough this time. It’s because my period came yesterday. So I felt particularly tired,” she told a CCTV anchor. And the internet loved her for being so open about it.
Eric is the hero tasked with handing out the 450,000 condoms that athletes went through during the Rio Olympics. Unsurprisingly, he became an internet sensation.
Though his continuing dominance doesn’t make it apparent, Michael Phelps is getting on a bit. So much so that some of the kids who grew up with him as their hero are now competing in the Olympics. Back in 2006, a 9-year-old Katie Ledecky, who won four golds and a silver in Rio, took this photo with Phelps. So they decided to recreate it with the new star.
Usain Bolt is pretty fast. So much so that he beat his opponents by 9.81 second in the 100m semi-final. He even had time for a photo op…
The Olympic Village wastes enough food to produce 5,000 meals every day. And the good news is that food didn’t go to a landfill. Massimo Bottura, who runs a three-Michelin-star restaurant in Italy, and Brazilian chef David Hertz, turned it all into meals for the homeless of Rio.
Allison Schmitt nabbed a silver medal in the 4x100m freestyle relay, and also helped her team get a gold medal in the 4×200 freestyle relay. She used her fame to address the depression that athletes can experience.
“I was failing every time I dove into the pool. A place that I loved, a sport that I loved,” she told the Today Show “[I would] dive in every time and fail, what I thought was failing. I didn’t know what else to do.”
“When I woke up in the morning, I would look forward to going back to bed,” she said. “As soon as my alarm went off, I knew that it’s time for practice. But my thoughts were, ‘Okay, when can I get back into bed.”
“I was failing every time I dove into the pool. A place that I loved, a sport that I loved. [I would] dive in every time and fail, what I thought was failing. I didn’t know what else to do.”
Well done Adam on your world record love NaN
Darrell Hill represented the United States in the Shot Put. But unfortunately, his father Ellis Hill, an Uber driver, couldn’t afford to make it to Rio. So a random passenger who struck up conversation with Ellis decided to set up a GoFundMe campaign in his name. Within two days, it raised $7,500 and Ellis was able to make it to Rio.
So, what do you think? How did the games go?