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Top 10 Best Moments Of Rio Olympics 2016

Updated on September 1, 2016

Rio Olympics Intro

From August 5th to August 21st, Rio was the center of the world during the biggest super sports event of 2016, which brought together more than 11,000 athletes from 207 countries. With 306 medals in 42 Olympic sport disciplines, including rugby sevens again after 7 years and golf after 112 years. The official mascot of the Games was Vinicius, a mixture of all Brazilian animals. His mission was to fill the world with happiness and celebrate friendship through sports.

The spectacular opening ceremony was organized at the famous Maracana Stadium, as Brazil played host to the first-ever Olympics in South America. The opening ceremony was a combination of the formal ceremonial opening with an artistic spectacle to show the host’s culture and history. The closing ceremony included passing the Olympic flag to Tokyo. Samba, dancers, great choreography, and surprise: Japan’s Prime Minister appeared in disguise as Super Mario. Good luck, Tokyo!

Romantic Moment Of Rio Olympics

Love wins! Two proposals in Rio! Gay Olympics volunteer, Marjorie Enya, proposed her rugby sevens player girlfriend, Isadora Cerulo. The couple has been together for two years, but Enya was provoked by homophobic chanting during matches and decided to make marriage proposal. In lieu of a ring, she tied a gold ribbon around her girlfriend‘s finger.

A few days later, Chinese diver He Zi got her silver medal when fellow diver Qin Kai entered the podium, got down on one knee and proposed. She said yes!


The Refugee Team In Rio

Ten refugee athletes from four countries competed as a Refugee Olympic Team, under the flag of the International Olympic Committee, but as equal human beings. They were happy with the chance to be there and to have the opportunity to compete. They made history and sent the message out to the world that there is a hope in life.

One of them was particularly brave and strong – the 18-year-old Yusra Mardini from Syria, now living in Germany. In August last year, she and her sister decided to leave their destroyed country. From Lebanon to Turkey, from Turkey by boat to Greece. The boat began to sink. Mardini swam for three hours in sea to push the boat until it reached the Greek coast. She risked her own life to save the lives of 19 other people.

She competed in the woman’s 100m butterfly and freestyle heats.

Games Are More Than Just A Medal

Athletes Nikki Hamblin and Abbey D’Agostino showed that the Olympic spirit still exists. Nikki Hamblin from New Zealand felt down during the 5,000m race and accidentally shot down American D’Agostino. The U.S. athlete immediately stood up, but in the true spirit of sportsmanship, she came to her rival and helped her stand up. D’Agostino has suffered a serious injury and she almost abandoned the race, but Hamblin turned around and helped her continue. They finished the race together, along with a hug and both received ovation from all the people in the stadium. In the world media, this event is called the most beautiful proof that humanity still exists.


Teenager Athlete At The Rio Olympics

Thirteen-year old swimmer Gaurika Singh left Nepal when she was a two-year-old girl. Now, she is living in London. In the first half of last year, she was in Kathmandu (Nepal) with her family, preparing to compete in the Nepal national swimming championship, when she survived an earthquake that killed almost 9000 people.

Gaurika was representing Nepal at the Rio Olympics. She competed in the 100m backstroke heats. This girl with braces was stopped by security while trying to enter the Olympic pool in Rio. No one expected her to compete as she was very young, but she feels proud to be the youngest athlete at the Rio Olympics. The important thing is not to win, but to take part, especially for all those young people facing the future full of hope.


Public Holiday Thanks To Gold Medal

The Olympic debut of Fiji was at the 1956 Summer Games, but this year in Rio, they won their first gold medal in the rugby sevens by defeating Great Britain in the final. When the final game was played, a bank in Suva made a 30-minute break and they pinned a note to the front door saying: “Fiji is about to create history”.

On the podium, while receiving their medals from Princess Anne, the captain Osea Kolinisau dropped on his knees to show his respect.

Fijian people have been celebrating for three days. After that, Fiji Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama, declared August 22 a public holiday.

Iran’s First Female Medalist

Women are excluded from sports stadiums in Iran. Only few have competed in the Olympic Games since 1979. This problem was highlighted in Rio when an Iranian spectator held up the banner asking for women to be allowed to be present at sporting events in Iran. Initially, she was asked by security to leave the event, but finally she stayed.

Kimia Alizadeh is the first Iran’s woman ever to win an Olympic medal. She won a bronze in the taekwondo under-57kg division.

This year, there were nine women in Iran’s team. According to strict Muslim custom, they had to wear a head scarf and they must not wear lycra.

Kimia was very happy about her victory in Rio and she said she hopes that Iranian women will win the gold at the next Olympics.

Kimia’s father was excited and he said that she gave 100 per cent of her, but an injury prevented her to win the gold.


First Olympic Medal In 112 Years

Golf lovers were certainly elated as much as golf players at the Olympics, because this was their first time since the 1904 Summer Olympics. Top male golfers came back in larger number than the top female golfers, but golf proved that it belongs to the Olympics.

The 36-year-old Justin Rose from the U.K. won the gold and said that it was the best tournament that he has ever done. Also, that competing for his country means more to him than prize money. He was very proud of having the chance to represent his country. In an interview, journalist asked Justin what he has done with the medal and whether he slept with it the first couple of nights. Justin answered it is much easier to travel with, than a normal trophy, because you can put it in your pocket and carry on. He also said that you can drink out of the claret jug and the Olympic gold would be a nice coaster for the glass of wine.

Trio To Rio

The 26-year-old twin sisters from Germany, Anna and Lisa Hahner finished the marathon race holding hands. They finished in 81 and 82 position. Sports director of the German Athletics Federation Thomas Kurschilgen was not satisfied with the result and said that the twins were not trying hard enough. He also said that victory and medals were not their only goal, but they also wanted to attract attention of the media.

It is not unusual to see the twins at Olympic Games, but this year, we all had the opportunity to see identical 30-year-old triplets from Estonia. They said for themselves that they are “a trio to Rio”. Leila, Liina and Lily acquired the status of the first triplets to compete against each other. Lily was the fastest, finishing 97th, followed by Leila 114th and Liina who did not finish the race. As they say, they were active since childhood. They love dancing, being active and that all of this has led them to professional sports.


The United States team came in Rio with 977 gold medals. They were a step away from their 1000th gold medal. The question, who will win it, hovered in mid-air. And finally, we got the answer on August 13th when the American women’s 4x100 meter medley relay team achieved triumph. The honor was shared by Kathleen Baker, Lilly King, Dana Vollmer and Simone Manuel.

Golden Night For Japan

The Japanese female athlete Kaori Icho became the first wrestler in the history of the Olympic Games to win the gold in individual events at four in a row Olympics. Also, she is the first wrestler ever to win four titles at the Summer Games.

Her victory was devoted to her mother who passed away last year. According to her own words, she felt fear competing, but she knew that her mother was watching her and helped her get those points at the end of the match.


Top 5 Performers From Rio Olympics

Usain Bolt
Getting medal for the continuous 3rd time
Michael Phelps
Five gold medals, one silver
Katie Ledecky
Four gold medals, one silver
Simone Biles
Four gold medals, one bronze
Kaori Icho
Four golden medals in a row

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      Nancy 19 months ago

      Lovely article! Romance, sportsmanship and achievements. Thank you for recording and sharing these wonderful facts.

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      Steve 19 months ago

      Very interesting article!

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      Ana 19 months ago

      Great article. You just reminded me of great two weeks in August we spent watching OI 2016.