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Sierra Soleimani
August 22, 2016

Memorable Moments Of 2016 Rio Olympics

It's been kind of nice having the Olympics to distract us from the crazy election madness at home. But now that it's time to snap back to reality, we wanted to reminisce on the most memorable moments - the wins, the losses, the world records and the green pool. Here are some of the unforgettable moments from this summer's games. 

Katie Ledeckey 


Katie Ledeckey came into the games as one of the world's most dominant swimmers and she certainly delivered. She smashed the world record in the 400m and 800m freestyle. She also took home the gold in the 200m relay, 4x200m freestyle relay, and silver in the 4x100m freestyle relay.

USA Gymnastics


The women's gymnastics team made Americans proud after finishing the games with a leading score of 184.897.  Simone Biles carried the team and became the most decorated U.S. gymnast in a single Olympics after she won four golds and a bronze. 

Brazilian Booing


Throughout the games the Brazilian fans displayed poor sportsmanship after booing several during games, including during the medal ceremony when french pole vaulter Renaud Lavillenie was booed to tears. 



The Rio saga has it all, including romance. Three couples got engaged under the Olympic spotlight including Chinese diver, He Zi. Shortly after winning the silver for the 3m spring board, her fiance got down on one knee and proposed the question. 

Minutes after winning the silver medal in the men's triple jump, Will Caye proposed to fellow Olympian Hurdler, Queen Harrison.

Brazilian rugby player Isadora Cerullo and girlfriend Marjorie Enya got engaged on the field after the medal ceremony. 

USA Women's Basketball


The American women's basketball team took home the gold after their win against Spain. Their win continued a 49-match win streak and a sixth Olympic gold medal win streak. 

Green Pool


Rio's overall unpreparedness was a hot topic throughout the entire games. So when the water in the swimming pool turned green, it wasn't exactly huge surprise. According to Olympics officials, hydrogen peroxide was mistakenly dropped into the pool, which neutralized the chlorine and allowed for organic growth.  It wasn't until there were multiple complaints of "fart smells" from athletes did they stop using the pool. 

Michael Phelps


Michael Phelps announced his retirement after breaking the record for most gold medals in history. Competing in his fifth Olympics, he took home the gold in the 4x200m freestyle relay, 200m butterfly, 4x100m medley relay, 4x100m freestyle relay, 200m individual medley and silver in the 100m.

A Helping Hand

American Nikki Hamblin and Abbey D'Agostino of New Zealand were both awarded the rare Pierre de Coubertin medal after helping each other finish the 5,000 meter race. 

Usain Bolt


Regarded as the fastest human in the world, Usain Bolt won 3 gold style, of course. He made a point to smile for the cameras as he was leading the 100m race. 

Monica Puig

Tennis player, Monica Puig, made history when she became Puerto Ricos first ever gold medalist. She is also the first woman to win any gold for Puerto Rico. 

Fiji Rugby

Not only did Fiji win the first medal of the Olympic debut of rugby seven's, but they also won the first Olympic medal for their country. 

Lochte Gate

Of course, we can't talk about Rio drama without mentioning the scandal that occurred with swimmer, Ryan Lochte. Lochte and teammates Jimmy Feigen, Jack Conger and Gunnar Bentz claimed to have been robbed at gunpoint by men posing as cops. 

However, following further investigation, it was proven that the Olympians were drunk, vandalized a gas station and were detained by armed security until they paid for the damage.  

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