What you'll remember about the Rio 2016 Olympics

The strangest, funniest or most remarkable moments from this year's Olympic Games

By Andrea Tim | Published: 12 Aug 2016

Rio 2016 moments
Simone Biles, Gabby Douglas, Lauren Hernandez, Madison Kocian and Aly Raisman (Photo: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

We Malaysians will be talking about Pandelela Rinong and Cheong Jun Hoong taking home the silver medal at the women's 10m synchronised diving event for months, even years to come. That, and four other badass female Olympians aside, here are more of our favourite moments from the Rio 2016 Olympics.

1. The Final Five
There's no denying it – Aly Raisman, Gabby Douglas, Madison Kocian, Laurie Hernandez and Simone Biles are some of the most talked about Olympians this year. Their win in the team gymnastics event earlier this week meant that the US retains the title it won at the London 2012 Olympics. The girls dub themselves the Final Five, in honour of their coach Martha Karolyi, who will retire after this Olympic Games.

Simone's just won a gold medal for the individual all-around, while Aly took home silver. Because of the two-per-country rule Gabby wasn't allowed to compete in the all-around, but will still represent the USA in the uneven bars final alongside Madison. Next, we'll see Simone at the balance beam, vault and floor finals; Aly in the floor finals; and Laurie in the beam finals. Just take all the medals, girls.

2. Aly Raisman's parents
This brings us to the topic of Aly Raisman's parents, who were the very definition of being on the edge of their seats while watching their daughter's uneven bars routine. So intense, so infectious.

3. Leslie Jones's being the best unofficial Olympics commentator
After live-tweeting the Olympics from home, Leslie Jones has finally made it to Rio! The commentating is only about to get better, you guys.

4. The Olympics' most excited athlete
When 20-year-old Chinese swimmer Fu Yuanhui completed her semi-finals 100m backstroke swim, she thought she placed fourth, but when told that she placed third at 58.95 seconds, her reaction was EVERYTHING. Beaming and gasping, the ecstatic athlete told a reporter that she was truly pleased and that she wasn't even hoping for anything more in the finals. Yuanhui went on to win a bronze medal in the finals, tying with Canada's Kylie Masse at 58.76 seconds.

5. Sun Yang's awkward celebratory gesture
After China's Sun Yang won the 200m men's freestyle, he attempted to throw his swimming cap to his fans in the audience...only to accidentally fling the cap back into the swimming pool. Can't. Stop. Watching. This. Gif.

6. The mysterious green pool
The diving pool at the Rio Olympics mysteriously turned green on Tuesday, eliciting worldwide reactions that ranged from amusement to disgust. At first, algae was to be blamed until FINA (the International Swimming Federation) explained that the water tanks ran out of chemicals used to treat the water; this caused a change in pH levels and caused the discolouration.

Olympic officials claim that the green water poses no risk to athletes, but now people are concerned about how the water in the OTHER pools seems to be turning green, too.


7. Peace between North and South Korea gymnasts
It brought tears to our eyes to see these two gymnasts take a selfie together, despite the infamous political difference between their respective countries. South Korea's Lee Eun-Ju and North Korea's Hong Un Jong were in the same training slot when Eun-Ju went up to her competitor for a quick picture. It's a small but meaningful gesture that will go down as one of the best displays of sportsmanship.

8. Kyle Chalmer's surprise win
The Australia's 18-year-old swimmer surprised the world when he won the men's 100m freestyle (47.58s). Kyle beat Belgium's Pieter Timmers and USA's Nathan Adrian (who won the gold medal in the last Olympics) to become the first Australian to win that event since Mike Wenden in 1968.

What we love even more is the reactions his win got.

From his classmates, teachers and school staff at Immanuel College.

From the internet.

From his grandparents.


9. Another supportive grandmother
Great Britain 100m breaststroke gold medal winner Adam Peaty had plenty to celebrate, and so did his grandmother Mavis, who expressed her pride for her young grandson on Twitter. Yes, grandma has Twitter, and isn't missing a second of the action.

Lots of emoji work was done. It's just too adorable!

10. Michael Phelps's angry face
Well, you didn't think we'd miss this one, did you? The US swimmer already has FOUR consecutive gold medals, but it was his 200m butterfly win that really got people talking – and it wasn't just because of his stellar performance. Michael beat his arch-nemesis Chad le Clos of South Africa (who finished fourth), wagging his fingers after finishing a mere 0.05 seconds ahead of Japan's Masato Sakai. What made his victory even sweeter was how Chad had been (seemingly) taunting him prior to the event, trying to get into the 31-year-old's head. And the whole time, Michael's face was this perfect angry-grumpy-frown.

Like we said. Sweet. Victory.

11. This SHOCKING .gif
Chinese divers Chen Aisen and Lin Yue took home the gold medal for men's 10m synchronised diving. How synchronised were they? This .gif explains it so well.

12. This amazing collaboration
US athletes posed with puppies in a campaign for Clear The Shelters in support of animal adoption.

13. Matthew McConaughey in the stands
Three words: Alright, alright, alright – summing up Rio 2016 perfectly.

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