For 16 days in August, the Games of the XXXI Olympiad were played in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. For all of those days, there were intense competitions where individuals and teams fought to be the Best-of-the-Best, to achieve winning a Gold Medal.
This post will not attempt to recap these Olympic Games, as that would be a massive undertaking. It is, however, paying tribute to prior Games and to all those who came together in Rio to compete.
The below video contains short clips of past opening ceremonies, dating back to London 1908.
It really is a journey through time and does capture the human spirit.
The next video is a behind the scenes video featuring Questlove and his production of a Rio Olympics 2016 Song by the Musical Olympians.
Artists including America’s Lenny Kravitz, British singer Corinne Bailey Rae, African artist NNeka and Asian artist Yuna are featured on the soundtrack.
Suffice it to say, while there were many, here are some of the highlights of the 2016 Rio Olympics:
Original Phelps image by Agência Brasil Fotografias CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons
The USA walked away with total medals, at 121. They were the tops in all three with 46 Gold, 37 Silver and 38 Bronze. China came in 2nd with 70, followed closely by Great Britain with 67.
Swimmer extraordinaire Michael Phelps grabbed five more Gold medals and a Silver, bringing his total to 28 medals overall, of which, 23 are Gold.
Lightning Bolt, Usain Bolt, added three more Gold medals to his count, racking up a Triple Triple. Three Golds in three straight Olympics. He set a record being the only person to win three consecutive 100m and 200m Olympic sprints, as well as winning the 100×4 relay for the third straight time.
Scottish tennis pro Andy Murray successfully defended his Gold Medal by winning in Rio, after doing so in the 2012 Olympics in Great Britain. The #2 ranked player is the only person to ever win two singles Golds. This year, he won after capturing the 2016 Wimbledon in July.
Singapore won its first ever Gold medal when Joseph Schooling upset Michael Phelps in the 100m Butterfly. The 21 year old grew up idolizing Phelps and beat him by 0.75 seconds.
Original Bolt image by Augustas Didžgalvis CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons
The 100m women’s hurdles saw three Americans sweep the medals. Brianna Rollins took Gold, followed by teammates Nia Ali and Kristi Castlin. American women have medaled in this event in the past five Games.
For the first time since 2000, the women’s soccer championship was not won by the United States. Instead they lost early and the German women defeated Sweden 2-1 to Capture the Gold.
Ren Qian of China, at 15 years and 6 months, is the youngest athlete this year to win a Gold, taking the 10-meter platform. However, she is not the youngest ever to do so. That honor goes to 13 yer 11 month old Fu Mingxia, also from China, in Barcelona 1992, for the same event.
Yes, there were more glorious victories, some disheartening losses, as there always are in the Olympic games. The beauty of the competition is bringing the world together in a peaceful, yet competitive setting (other than one).
So we wait another four years, for the XXXII Olympic Games which will be held in Tokyo, Japan.
Over For Now.
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