That sad time has come, the 2016 Olympic Games have officially come to an end. If you’re anything like me, you love the Olympics but unfortunately have work and a life so you cannot devote 16 entire days to doing nothing but sitting in front of your television guzzling down snacks while watching others attempt athletic feats nobody should physically be capable of doing. So here I am to the rescue to give you the highs, lows and medal counts that were the 31st Olympiad.
The Women’s 400m Final was by far one of the most talked about finishes of the Olympic games, Shaunae Miller of the Bahamas takes gold from the United States’ Allyson Felix by falling over the finish line. Yes, you read correctly… she fell her way straight to gold!
It’s safe to say Wayde Van Niekerk of South Africa had a pretty successful trip to the Olympics, breaking the world record in the Men’s 400m Final. But even better than this was seeing his adorable coach, 74-year-old Anna Sofia Botha, watch in pride as he won the gold!
The Final Five basically ruled the entire Olympics. This year’s women’s gymnastics team won a total of nine medals, breaking the previous record of eight shared by the 1984 and 2008 teams. Receiving not only individual medals but also taking gold in the women’s gymnastics team final… these girls were on fire!!
One of the biggest individual winners at the 2016 Olympics was 31-year-old Michael Phelps. Taking home a total of five gold medals and one silver, Phelps has definitely cemented his legacy as one of the greatest swimmers of all time. Capping off his Olympic career Phelps officially announced his retirement (for a second time, so we shall see if this sticks) after winning the Men’s 400m medley relay.
One of the most heartwarming moments of the Olympics came when Abby D’Agostino of the United States collided into fellow runner Nikki Hamblin of New Zealand causing both of them to fall. Displaying true sportsmanship, the women helped each other up and continued on to the finish the race. Although unable to compete in the final due to a torn ACL, D’Agostino truly had an Olympic moment and along with Hamblin became a winner in all of our hearts.
Now let’s get down to the really important stuff, who won the most medals! As we know it is so important to have passion for the sport and love what you do… but it is way more important to win a big shiny necklace that you can brag about for the rest of your life. Here is the breakdown of who the big winners were.
Author’s note: We understand winning is not everything and we congratulate all participants in this year’s Olympic Games! To all who competed you truly are winners! But still…Go USA!
Contributed by Ericka Eisenmann, Marketing Coordinator at Steadfast Management Company (and very sad that it’s over, super Olympic fan).