2016 Year in Review : Rio Olympics

When more than 11,000 athletes from 206 countries around the world come together, great things happen. But even among a sea of personal bests, unbelievable firsts and just plain wow moments. The run-up to every Olympics is marked by anxiety and controversy, but Rio de Janeiro arguably out done all of its predecessors on this score.

2016 has given us a lot to think about, and it’s given us a lot of great sports moments. Seriously, a remarkable amount of memorable action happened this year. Here are our favourite moments.

An Olympics opening ceremony is a chance for a country to tell a story about itself. Brazil’s ceremony relayed a brisk, harmonious version of its history, celebrating the intermixing that has produced its beautifully diverse population.

Three months after the Olympic Games are done and billions of dollars in spending were used to get ready for the games but now the state of Rio is broke. RIO de Janeiro was warned of the economic stresses an Olympics can place on a city — and now they are paying the price. State-employed performers have lined the streets in protest of late paycheques while hospitals overflow with long lines of patients waiting attention.

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The sexist media coverage of the Olympics has been so outstanding this year, it could stand alone as its own discipline. So why not give it the full and undivided attention it deserves and treat it as its own sport?

The first impression was of chaos. As fans poured off commuter trains at Engenhão stadium in Rio de Janeiro on August 13th for the second day of track-and-field events at the Olympics, they flowed into human whitewater. Somehow, order emerged.

Adding to the list of setbacks and stumbles for the Rio Olympics, the athletes’ village, home to thousands of athletes during the Summer Games, was called unfit for occupancy.

The 2016 Olympics were set to captivate news consumers and sports lovers from around the world as digital innovation wass brought to the front.

No one flew home from Rio with more medals than the U.S. women. The full American squad — both men and women — won the most medals overall, 121, as has often been the case in the Summer Games. But first in London four years ago, and again in Rio, the U.S.

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Usain Bolt ends historic career at Rio Olympics with 9th Gold Medal and the only time Usain Bolt has “ever been slow” was when the Jamaican arrived 10 days after his due date.

 It has been an Olympic fiesta like never before for Britain: second place in the medal table for the first time in 108 years, the first nation to increase its medal count at five successive Games, the only host nation to go on to win more medals at the next Olympics.

Time and again, the Olympic games have served to reflect and even amplify this spirit. It has allowed people to represent their countries—even if they weren’t officially recognised by their neighbours or members of the United Nations.

 

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