In terms of televised events, nothing beats the Summer Olympics. Every four years it brings the whole world together to celebrate the greatest athletes. This year was no exception. Despite some early reports doubting the host country Brazil’s safety, the games were fine (well, almost.)
Here are some of the most memorable moments:
The 2016 Olympics got off to a ‘hot’ start with the Opening Ceremony. The Internet erupted, but not over the masterful spectacle directed by Fernando Meirelles, but rather because of pictures featuring Tonga flag-bearer Pita Taufatofua, oiled up and shirtless. (He showed up for the Closing Ceremony too!)
Virtually every day featured another gold medal for the greatest swimmer of all time but we’ll say his latest, and last (barring a Favre-like, unretirement) gold medal was his shining achievement of this year’s Games. Phelps’ 23rd gold medal-this one, for the 4×100 medley relay- now puts him a whopping 14 golds ahead of the next best Olympian, a seemingly unattainable record to break. (Plus, you know, #PhelpsFace.)
Where to begin? Team USA Swimmer (and failed reality-TV star) Ryan Lochte and his teammates Jack Conger, James Feigen and Gunnar Bentz, told the cops, and then the press they had been robbed by Brazilian thugs posing as police, and were held at gunpoint. When cops brought the swimmers in for questioning though, some of their stories did not match up, Lochte’s wallet wasn’t stolen, and the authorities had no evidence of a supposed hold-up. When the police began to look into the situation, Lochte bolted back to the U.S while Conger and Bentz were pulled off their flights and detained by Rio officials. Soon after, a video emerged showing the drunken athletes wrecking and pissing on a local gas station. The story never seems to end though, as we now have to sit through the Matt Lauer “apology” interview, and I absolutely can’t wait until Lochte’s teammates chew him out for ditching them in Brazil. However, I really hope that this stupid mistake is not something that defines Lochte’s career (as a forever #2 to Phelps) and especially this year’s Olympic Games.
Everything U.S. Women’s Gymnastics
Similar to Phelps, these girls (none is older than 21) rarely lose. Led by “elder” Aly Raisman, the team dominated the opposition, and the “Final Five” ended up with a combined 8 gold medals. Superstar Simone Biles had half of those and 2012 Olympic star Gabby Douglas won gold as well.
For the 3rd consecutive Summer Olympics, Usain Bolt has crushed everybody in his path. The Jamaican sprinter continues to show just how much better he is than everyone else. Bolt took home 3 golds, in the 200 m, the 100 m and 4×100 m relay. Bolt continued to show us just how far past human he is, when a picture of him smiling mid-race (MID-RACE!) went viral. Of course, Bolt went on to win, adding to his legend. Unfortunately, Bolt said that this would be his last Olympics, so this may be the last we see of the “fastest man on Earth.”