It’s Been Real, Rio

We say a fond farewell to the 31st Olympiad

Doesn’t it feel like 10 years ago that we were watching Gisele saunter across that stadium and we were beating up Phelps for going to bed early after carrying the flag!?

That sure felt like a reality show, wrapped up in a miniseries, hosted by Ryan Seacrest, didn’t it!? We laughed (along with Team Hollywood). We cried (including last night — we’ll miss you, Simone Biles). We fell in love (five Rio marriage proposals and is Pita Taufatofua still single, or what lol?). We got pissed off. And, yes, we cared about the results. Let’s take a look:

Olympographic design by Dana Leonetti; data compiled by Kate Morrison and Lisa Raphael.

But despite the time delays, the spoilers, and some of the unwelcome drama — Rio pulled us all in, to collectively stay up really late every night and cheer/tweet/celebrate/fist pump our shared human spirit. We reveled in the thrill of victory, the agony of defeat and the individual athletic triumphs from our couches, our laptops at work, on our phones — no matter where the athlete hailed from. And it took us away, even for a couple weeks, from the dreadful headlines that usually clutter our screens and our brains.

On the final day of Rio, the U.S. Olympic men’s basketball team nabbed its third straight gold medal … Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge won the men’s marathon in 2 hours, 8 minutes (while Team USA runner Galen Rupp took bronze) … Clarissa Shields became the first U.S. boxer to win two gold medals … And American wrestler Kyle Snyder won gold on Sunday, becoming the youngest Olympic wrestling champ in U.S. history.

For now, we’re going to take a nap to get ready for the Winter Olympics in 2018 in PyeongChang, South Korea, and in Tokyo for the Summer Olympics in 2020. (See you there Super Mario!)

Just kidding. We’re heading to the U.S. Open … or to catch a ballgame … and to study up for our Fantasy Football league. How about you?

Sports aren’t over after Rio. We’ll keep serving them up in your inbox, on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Follow along!

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