Best moments from the Rio Olympics 2016
Sakshi Malik and PV Sindhu set new records. Plus, the sweetest homecomings ever!
Rio 2016 Olympics has been a series of amazing wins and heart-warming moments. Here’s our pick of best #Rio2016 moments yet:
1) Just when you thought supermodel Gisele Bündchen had retired, she came back to own the opening ceremony. She officially completed the longest runway walk ever – 500m, in case you wanted to know – to ‘Girl From Ipanema’ in a stunning gown by Brazilian designer Alexandre Herchcovitch.
2) Dame Judi Dench drew attention to climate change with a moving poem. Oh, and every athlete at the games received a seed to be planted in the Athletes Forest in Brazil.
— Leilani Münter (@LeilaniMunter) August 6, 2016
3) Dipa Karmakar became India’s first gymnast to enter the finals at the Olympics. She qualified for the individual vault finals after finishing on the eighth position.
4) Ranked eighth in the world, sabre fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad, became America’s first athlete to compete wearing a hijab, making an incredible statement against stereotypes.
5) World’s first refugee team is to compete in Rio 2016, with athletes from Syria, South Sudan, Ethiopia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). This team represents the displaced millions who have no country.
— Refugee Olympic Team (@RefugeesOlympic) August 6, 2016
6) Brazilian rugby player Isadora Cerullo said YES! Her girlfriend Marjorie Enya, a volunteer at the stadium, gave us the #RelationshipGoal to end all #RelationshipGoals!
7) With his 23rd gold medal, American swimmer Michael Phelps was here to remind us just what makes him the most decorated Olympic athlete of all time. Phelps also has the maximum number of Olympic golds to his credit. But after creating this new record, Phelps has decided to officially retire from competitive swimming. He insists that this time it’s absolutely final and he wants to focus on raising a family with fiancée Nicole Johnson.
8) Ryan Murphy won gold in men’s 100m backstroke, which makes this letter he wrote as a kid even more precious:
— NBC Olympics (@NBCOlympics) August 9, 2016
9) Thirteen year old Gaurika Singh, from Nepal, is this year’s youngest athlete. She survived the devastating earthquake that hit Nepal last year and has decided to donate all her winnings to the earthquake relief fund.
— Financial Express (@FinancialXpress) August 9, 2016
10) Even though Brit swimmer Adam Peaty made history by fetching Britain its first gold after a long spell, it was Peaty’s grandma who stole the spotlight with her adorably supportive tweets. #OlympicNan is a *thing* now!
— Mavis (@Mavise42Mavis) August 8, 2016
11) We met another Leonardo DiCaprio doppelganger! American archer – and silver medalist – Brady Ellison went viral because of his striking resemblance to Leo.
Leo’s at Rio! Meet Brady Ellison, Leonardo DiCaprio’s doppelganger! #Rio2016 #leonardodicaprio #doppleganger . __________________________ #rio2016olympics #olympicarchery #archery #rioolympics #olympics2016 #leodicaprio #lokkalike #bradyellison #athlete #olympicathlete #competition #elite #athlete #concentration #goldmedal #traintowin #goforgold
12) Images of Egyptian volleyball player Doaa Elghobashy wearing a hijab and German player Kira Walkenhorst in a bikini went viral. The picture seemed to embody the spirit of Olympics and celebrated the cultural contrast.
— craig stone (@craigstone_) August 8, 2016
13) The Rio Olympics took ‘going green’ to another level when the normally blue pool water at the Maria Lenk Aquatics Centre mysteriously turned green for the women’s synchronised 10m platform final. This, of course, spawned several (hilarious) internet memes and tweets:
Ermmm…what happened?! pic.twitter.com/pdta7EpP2k
— Tom Daley (@TomDaley1994) August 9, 2016
— Grant (@SnowAndBeach) August 9, 2016
14) Now it may seem like Ryan Lochte took a page out of Kylie Jenner’s book. But that’s not really why his hair is this curious shade of green. Unfortunately, this is what happens when you bleach your hair before jumping into a coloured pool.
15) India’s lone male archer Atanu Das won against Cuba’s Adrian Puentes and entered the pre-quarterfinals of the individual recurve event.
— EconomicTimes (@EconomicTimes) August 9, 2016
16) Vikas Krishan Yadav kick-started India’s boxing campaign with a 3-0 win over USA’s Charles Conwell in the men’s middleweight category. Vikas has now entered the pre-quarterfinal of the competition.
17) The men’s hockey team added to Team India’s incredible performance on Day 4 after a surprising 2-1 win against Argentina!
— Rio 2016 (@Rio2016_en) August 9, 2016
18) Canadian swimmer Santo Condorelli wasn’t afraid to let the world witness his weird and funny pre-race ritual – he flips off his dad before he jumps into the pool. “It calms him down on the blocks for sure,” his father Joseph said. “It’s a communication between him and I to calm down and get ready. Racing is about being at peace.”
— Josh Elliott (@joshelliott14) August 4, 2016
19) Chinese swimmer Fu Yuanhui is officially the goofiest athlete around. The 20-year-old thought she placed fourth in the semi-finals of the 100m backstroke on Day 2 of the Olympics, till a reporter informed her she came third. Her reaction was priceless.
— People’s Daily,China (@PDChina) August 8, 2016
And then this:
— Ariel (@Loveless1000) August 11, 2016
20) Simone Manuel became the first African American woman to win an individual gold medal in swimming after winning the women’s 100m freestyle competition.
21) Yusra Mardini, the Syrian refugee who helped rescue 20 other refugees by pushing their sinking ferry for three and a half hours until they reached the shore, won her 100m butterfly swimming heat. She didn’t qualify for the semifinals, but she’s already a huge inspiration.
Yusra Mardini swam 3.5 hrs in freezing Aegean, pushing a sinking refugee boat to safety. A gold medal isn’t enough pic.twitter.com/E8gyZ2oyh2
— ian bremmer (@ianbremmer) August 11, 2016
22) Simone Biles cemented her status as the world’s greatest gymnast by cinching the woman’s all-around Olympic gold medal. In case that wasn’t awesome enough, get this- Biles also became first woman in 20 years (yes!) to hold both world and Olympic titles at the same time.
23) US gymnast Aly Raisman’s parents deserve the warmest hugs. No one has ever looked more terrified and uneasy watching their kids perform.
And of course the internet was quick to react too:
“Homeland has been renewed for three more seasons” pic.twitter.com/vwltgqHCXt
— Jordan Cohen (@jorcohen) August 12, 2016
Eat a snickers. pic.twitter.com/1gD2hLXm2S
— SB Nation GIF (@SBNationGIF) August 12, 2016
24) The men’s rugby sevens team from Fiji won the country its first medal ever – a gold at that – by defeating Britain. Needless to say, Fiji’s celebrations soon took over Twitter:
— Sporting Index (@sportingindex) August 11, 2016
And now the stories start to come out if rugby crazy Fiji. This for starters. pic.twitter.com/mTIoeHu52n
— Bruce Cook (@BruceCookRugby) August 11, 2016
— Sporting Index (@sportingindex) August 11, 2016
25) Former astronaut Buzz Aldrin is winning the internet with his enthusiastic support of Team USA in Rio.
— Buzz Aldrin (@TheRealBuzz) August 10, 2016
— Christina Korp (@Buzzs_xtina) August 11, 2016
— Buzz Aldrin (@TheRealBuzz) August 11, 2016
26) American gymnast Gabrielle Douglas’ performance was weighed down by cyber bullies. Haters claimed she was being unpatriotic in not placing her hand on her chest during the American national anthem, that she wasn’t smiling enough, or cheering for her teammates. Note: All completely unrelated to her performance. Ghostbusters star and comedienne Leslie Jones stood up for her and countered the hateful hashtag #CrabbyGabby with her own #LOVE4GABBYUSA.
— Leslie Jones (@Lesdoggg) August 15, 2016
Soon support for Douglas poured in from around the world:
Gabby Douglas didn’t put her hand on her heart during National Anthem.
She just won for
Let her be! pic.twitter.com/zZXJRnDlAW
— Telah Blac (@blacneighbor) August 10, 2016
Ah! Now it’s the hand during the anthem. Stop trying to tell Gabby Douglas how to live her life. https://t.co/LYip7eGE54
— Ashley Weatherford (@sincerelyash) August 10, 2016
Thank u so much for all the love! My heart is full! @Lesdoggg ❤️ I love you guys!❣
— Gabrielle Douglas (@gabrielledoug) August 15, 2016
27) While Usain Bolt made history by becoming the first person to win gold in 100m racing for the third consecutive time, all the Internet could talk about was the incredible picture, clicked by photographer Cameron Spencer, that has now led to Rio 2016’s most popular meme:
— matthew. (@yooomatthew_) August 15, 2016
Bolt is the G.O.A.T pic.twitter.com/dgwBQUuqLO
— Youtube:ShootEmUpYT (@womenappealer) August 15, 2016
— Marc J. Spears (@MarcJSpearsESPN) August 15, 2016
28) Game Of Thrones fans around the world rallied to support Australian high jump finalist Brandon Starc. Because, Brandon Stark! You remember the freshly-minted three-eyed-raven. #HouseStarc started trending and the memes just kept on coming:
— Christopher Fischer (@toph1980) August 15, 2016
Just watched Brandon Starc compete in the High Jump… Strange, coz I thought he’s actually better at the Long Drop pic.twitter.com/GB1HXxXO4B
— Kate Ellora (@katellora) August 15, 2016
There is an Australian named Brandon Starc at the Olympics in high jump. No confirmation on there being a Hodor.
— Sam Vecenie (@Sam_Vecenie) August 15, 2016
29) American swimmer Katie Ledecky made a new world record in women’s 800m freestyle, and took home four golds to boot. It prompted Michael Phelps to recreate an adorable old photograph – with a twist. A nine-year-old Ledecky once sought Phelps’ autograph, and now here he was queueing up! Aww.
30) Dipa Karmakar narrowly missed creating history as India’s first Olympic medal-winning gymnast, when she finished fourth in the competition. But support from her fans continued:
— Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) August 15, 2016
— Hrithik Roshan (@iHrithik) August 15, 2016
31) Wrestler Sakshi Malik became a national hero after bringing India its first medal of the Rio 2016 Olympics. Malik won a bronze in the 58 kg women’s wrestling category, after beating Krygyzstan’s Aisuluu Tynybekova, and became India’s first female wrestler to bag an Olympic medal.
The video capturing her family’s response went viral too:
— ANI (@ANI_news) August 17, 2016
32) After beating China’s Wang Yihan in the women’s badminton quarter finals, India’s PV Sindhu went on to secure a spectacular win against Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara in the semi-finals. She also made history by becoming the first Indian to reach the finals. After a thrilling match against Spain’s Carolina Marin, PV Sindhu finished with a silver, bringing up India’s medal tally up by two!
33) The world’s best gymnast (who, incidentally, inspired us to try glitter eye make-up), Simone Biles met her celebrity crush Zac Efron and freaked the hell out. Biles even admitted to having a cardboard cut-out of him in her room, so when Today’s Hoda Kotb finally got them to meet, it was the stuff of dreams:
— Simone Biles (@Simone_Biles) August 16, 2016
— Simone Biles (@Simone_Biles) August 16, 2016
34) American weightlifter Sarah Robles won Team USA its first weightlifting medal in 16 years. Robles won a bronze despite suffering from Madelung’s deformity, which makes her wrists erupt with pain every time she lifts.
35) Swimmer Joseph Schooling made history as Singapore’s first-ever Olympic gold medallist by beating his idol Michael Phelps in the 100m butterfly final event.
Over 400 people waited to greet him at the airport back in Singapore, where he was received with a special water cannon salute.
36) American swimmer Missy Franklin shared a heart-warming video of her homecoming after a disappointing run at the games. Franklin, who had won four gold medals and a bronze at the 2012 London Olympics, managed to secure a gold for her team but had hoped for much more. Her friends and family did the sweetest thing:
I am beyond blown away by this love and compassion. I have the best community in the world around me! THANK YOU pic.twitter.com/iuoQDHY1lP
— Missy Franklin (@missyfranklin) August 17, 2016