The 2016 Summer Olympics, hosted by Rio de Janeiro, has come to an end. Now, a bit over a week after the official closing ceremony, it is the perfect time to look back at the Games and remember its most important moments. Referred to as one of the most turbulent, controversial, and memorable events in the modern Olympic history, the 2016 Summer Olympics was packed with remarkable moments, brilliant performances, and interesting stories. It was quite a challenge to pick just 25 of them, but hopefully, we made the right choices. The Olympics was marked by a number of controversies and mishaps ranging from the notorious green pools and general safety concerns to doping scandals and Lochte’s disgraceful fabricated tale of robbery. However, these bad moments were eventually overcome by several of acts of kindness, fair play gestures, stunning performances, touching stories, and heart-warming moments. We are happy to tell you that a majority of these memorable moments from the 2016 Summer Olympics will be remembered as great and glorious moments. From Usain Bolt’s golden triple-triple and iconic Shaunae Miller’s dive to the first Olympic marriage proposal, here are 25 Moments From The Summer Olympics That Are Worth Remembering.
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Usain Bolt's golden triple-triple
One of the most iconic athletes of the 2016 Summer Olympics, the famous Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt, won all of his 3 events (100-m, 200-m, and 4 x 100-m rely) again. By doing that, Bolt completed his glorious golden triple-triple as he has done the same feat at 3 consecutive Olympics.
Michael Phelps becoming the most decorated Olympian of all time
Thanks to the 6 medals (five golden and one silver) he won in Rio, Michael Phelps, the legendary American competitive swimmer, became the most decorated Olympian of all time, with an incredible total of 28 medals.
The story of Abbey D’Agostino and Nikki Hamblin
USA’s Abbey D’Agostino and New Zealand’s Nikki Hamblin got tangled in a spill during the 5,000-m run. Hamblin crashed, and D’Agostino went over the top. Hamblin conceded her Olympic dreams were dashed while she lay face-down crying. Meanwhile, D’Agostino, hobbled but undaunted, urged Hamblin to rise up and finish the race. The two did, and now they are best friends.
Samir Ait Said's injury
Unfortunately, the 2016 Olympics also witnessed some horrible injuries. After a botched landing following a vault attempt, the Frenchman Samir Ait Said suffered a gruesome double leg break. The photo of his leg dangling at a terrifying angle went viral. Said underwent an operation in Rio and is now walking again.
North and South Korean gymnasts' selfie
North Korea and South Korea are technically still at war with each other, but the gymnasts Hong Un-jong of North Korea and Lee Eun-ju of South Korea showed the world an amazing brief moment of unity when they took a selfie together. The picture of the two women has been widely praised as capturing the Olympic spirit.