Seventeen days ago, Brazil became the first South American country to host the Olympics. There were a number of concerns before the Opening ceremony due to political instability, Zika virus, facilities and safety in some parts of Rio de Janeiro.
Yet, 2016 Rio Olympics has been much better than some pessimistic expectations. Although there were some glitches in the accommodation and diving pools, it has put on some amazing and cost-effective displays during the opening and closing ceremonies which sent the message to the world about environment protection. Not only that the gorgeous samba groups really showed the world that Brazil knows how to enjoy the moment and party!
Here are some of the memorable moments during the Rio Olympics (I know there are many and it was so hard to choose! Add your favorite moments in the comment section.)
(1) Olympic Legends
Both Michael Phelps and Usain Bolt became legends breaking Olympic records in winning a historic number of medals in their respective fields. They have also announced that this will be their last Olympics. They will be missed!
(2) Going against the odds
Many athletes who made it to Olympics faced so many obstacles both big and small. Some have to overcome poverty, harsh criticisms and self doubt but most importantly by overcoming their own weakness they achieved victory.
Brazil’s Rafaela Silva is from one of Rio’s most notorious favelas (slum areas with chronic gang and drug problems). She lost in London Olympics and suffered from criticisms but she decided not to give up playing judo and she finally had the gold! Not only that, the refugee team inspired many by competing in the Olympics against all odds.
This was the scandal of the Olympics. Few American swimmers including Lochte claimed that they had been robbed at gunpoint but investigation by the Brazilian police and CCTV videos alleged that the swimmers had drunkenly misbehaved in the gas station and that they had lied about being robbed.
(4) Olympic spirit
South and North Korean gymnasts pose for a photo. Although the country remains divided, the sport and the Olympics brought these two girls closer and was hailed as a moment depicting the Olympic spirit.
A special Olympic medal was awarded for the two runners who demonstrated genuine sportsmanship. After New Zealand’s Hamblin knocked her American rival, D’Agostino, the Kiwi waited for the fallen American runner and came to the finishing line together then hugged each other.
(5) Opening and Closing Ceremony
Both ceremonies reminded the world of the importance of preserving nature and environment. It was also about Brazil’s beautiful people and fun music and dance. And the fireworks were really impressive!
The symbol of Rio de Janeiro, Christ the Redeemer, is created during the closing ceremony.
The next summer Olympics in 2020 will be held in Tokyo, Japan. From samba performances, the audience members were treated to a unique video of Super Mario and out came Japan’s prime minister dressed as Super Mario.
However, the games are not over yet! In the next few days, the paralympic games will begin and I am sure there will be no shortage of amazing and inspiring moments for the next days to come!
Yes, and we all loved Tonga’s fabulous Pita Taufatofua!