Rio Olympics Recap

By Colton Williams

The 31st Olympic games were held this summer in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Despite several controversies clouding the beginning (and ending) of the games, it was, as always, a way for the world to come together and focus on the outstanding achievement of athletes from all over the globe. Here’s a recap of all the things you need to know – good and bad – from the 2016 Olympic Games.

• An outbreak of the Zika virus raised fears for athletes and visitors, and some athletes chose not to attend due to the virus.
• On May 12, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff was stripped of her power for 180 days, after being impeached. Vice President Michel Temer served as Acting President during the Olympics.
• Due to a doping scandal, 111 Russian athletes were removed from participation in the games.
• U.S. swimmer Michael Phelps broke the Olympic gold medal record, with 23, and overall medal record, with 28.
• U.S. gymnast Simone Biles set a U.S. record for most gymnastic gold medals at a single Olympic games.
• Brianna Rollins, Nia Ali, and Kristi Castlin after sweeping the 100-meter hurdle. Photo by Jonathan Newton, The Washington Post.
Brianna Rollins, Nia Ali, and Kristi Castlin after sweeping the 100-meter hurdle. Photo by Jonathan Newton, The Washington Post.
• In a unique move, the Bahamas’ Shaunae Miller fell over the finish line to win gold in the women’s 400-m.
• U.S. swimmer Katie Ledecky set world records in the 400-m and 800-m freestyles, clocking in at 3:56:46 and 8:04:79, respectively.
• Monica Puig of Puerto Rico won the women’s singles tennis competition, winning the first Olympic gold for her country.
• Kim Rhode, a U.S. shooter, became the first woman to win an individual medal in six consecutive Olympic games, when she earned bronze in the skeet shooting competition.
• Basketball star Carmelo Anthony passed LeBron James as Team U.S.A.’s all-time leading scorer, dropping in the historic basket in a game against Australia.
• Fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad became the first American woman to wear a hijab while competing in the Olympics.
• In an odd occurrence, the olympic diving pool turned green, leading many question its safety. However, as the Royal Society of Chemistry confirmed, the green color was due to an excess of hydrogen peroxide, which “inactivated” the chlorine and allowed for the growth of algae.
• U.S. swimmer Ryan Lochte, a twelve-time Olympic medalist, claimed to have been robbed at gunpoint along with three other U.S. swimmers. He later altered his story, and then he was once again contradicted by Rio police, who say that the swimmers were involved in a fight at a gas station and fabricated the robbery story to cover it up. Lochte returned to the U.S., while the other swimmers were detained in Rio to be questioned by police. Lochte has now admitted to exaggerating the story and has lost several endorsements.


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