In Photos: Closing Ceremony of Rio 2016

The Rio 2016 Olympics wrapped up this weekend, and White House staffers Bess Evans and Lauren Kelly — members of the U.S. Presidential Delegation to the Closing Ceremony of the Olympics — took over the White House Instagram to share a behind-the-scenes perspective on the final events.

Take a look:

August 21, 2016

Hi Instagram! Coming to you from #Rio2016, this is Bess Evans and Lauren Kelly — members of the U.S. Presidential Delegation to the Closing Ceremony of the Olympics, and Senior Associate Director and Senior Policy Advisor in the White House Office of Public Engagement and Domestic Policy Council and the Deputy Director and Deputy Social Secretary in the Office of First Lady Michelle Obama.

Along with us in the delegation to represent #TeamUSA are some of our heroes: Retired NBA player Jason Collins and six-time Olympic medalist in the heptathlon and long jump Jackie Joyner-Kersee, along with EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, Secretary of the Army Eric Fanning, and Ambassador to Brazil Liliana Ayalde. Tune in throughout the day for more scenes from the final day of the Rio Olympics!

Woke up to this beautiful sunrise over Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro. Today marks the final day of the #Rio2016 Olympics — with a few sports closing out the competition, including a gold medal game for USA Basketball against Serbia. It’s been an amazing day already for #TeamUSA, with USA Volleyball and marathoner Galen Rupp bringing home bronze medals so far — and athletes for USA Wrestling still in competition. — Bess

One of the most incredible moments of our visit to Rio so far was attending the gold medal match between the USA Basketball Women’s National Team and Spain. Final score: 🇺🇸 101, 🇪🇸 72. In winning the gold medal, U.S. women have now won a record six-straight gold medals and eight overall in Olympic competition, upping the USA’s Olympic winning streak to 49-straight games and its overall record to 66–3 since beginning play in 1976. Pictured here is #TeamUSA on the medal stand. — Lauren

History in the making. Yesterday, Matthew Centrowitz Jr. won a gold medal with an amazing run in the 1500m — Team USA’s first gold medal in the event since 1908. The U.S. delegation cheered him on the whole way through. — Bess

Competition was steep in the track and field events this Olympics, with Jamaica challenging USA Track & Field runners in the men’s 4x400. But the U.S. team dug deep and walked away wrapped in the flag after a gold medal performance. Hearing the national anthem play after a Team USA win is an incredible experience — these athletes make us so proud. — Lauren

What an Olympic games. As #Rio2016 closes, Team USA finishes with 46 gold medals, 37 silver medals, and 38 bronze medals — more than any other country in competition, and a performance that will be remembered for generations. Michael Phelps made history in his final swims. The #FinalFive showed us the meaning of teamwork. Katie Ledecky shattered records. Mara Abbott made the ride of her life. Allyson Felix became the first woman in track & field history to win five gold medals. Ashton Eaton continued his dominance of the decathlon. Helen Maroulis wrestled to the first gold for a female U.S. Olympian. Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross are bringing home a hard-fought bronze. And these are just a few of the incredible feats of athleticism, talent, perseverance, and humility shown by Team USA over the last two weeks. We are truly lucky to call the United States our home, and these men and women our fellow citizens.

After winning silver with her floor routine, U.S. gymnast Aly Raisman reflected on the moment:

“It was very special. It’s a moment you only dream of in your wildest dreams. The crowd was screaming and yelling, and I finally did it. I was so proud.”

That really says it all. Team USA, we’re proud of you too. 🇺🇸 — Bess and Lauren

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