Well, the medals are all distributed, the confetti has settled and the summer Olympics are over for another four years. The two weeks in Rio may have started out a little rocky (okay, let’s be honest, there was a time we didn’t think they would actually happen) but in the end, we got exactly what you would expect from any Olympics. We saw some inspiring victories by newbies and oldies alike, we saw athletes from different countries come together in support of one another, and we saw some great talent.
Just in case you didn’t catch every minute of the Rio games, we’ve compiled all the best moments right here. Is it 2018 yet?
The games got off to a great start with an opening ceremonies to remember
A lot of us know very little about Brazil and we got what was probably the most exciting crash course in Brazilian history ever. Did your history teacher ever do the Samba and break out lasers and millions of dollars of fireworks? Yeah, we didn’t think so.
Of course, we LOVED Canada’s march in, but some other teams stood out too. Namely, the first refugee team to compete in the Olympics ever. They were welcomed with a resounding standing ovation. We’re not crying, we were just cutting some onions over here.
— Sarah Nelems (@SarahNelems) August 6, 2016
The internet also fell in love with Tonga’s flag bearer at the ceremonies. Pita Taufatofua, Taekwondo competitor and crowned hunk of the Opening Ceremonies glistened (literally) in traditional Tongan dress. Definitely a moment to remember.
— Erick Leonel (@ErickLeonelHP) August 6, 2016
— Florence Watts (@ffwatts77) August 6, 2016
Usain Bolt upped the stakes
In a completely characteristic move, Usain Bolt won the press conference game days before he was even scheduled to compete. Samba dancers, a free-styling reporter, and of course, classic Bolt shenanigans. He sure knows how to play to a crowd.
— Usain St. Leo Bolt (@usainbolt) August 9, 2016
Bolt also had some great success on the track
He nabbed his triple-triple (three medals in three consecutive games), had the world’s best picture taken of him, and made a new friend.
Bolt and his new Canadian bestie, Andre DeGrasse, stole the show at both the 100m and 200m races. We may have the next Usain Bolt, folks. And a beautiful, speedy bromance was born.
Canada got a golden Penny
Canada’s unlikely hero–breaking a tonne of records and winning our first gold of the games–was 16-year-old Toronto native Penny Oleksiak. The nation fell in love with the adorable teen swimmer and she was selected to be our closing ceremonies flag bearer. She’s heading home now to start Grade 11 in the fall. Unbelievable.
— CBC Olympics (@CBCOlympics) August 12, 2016
Michael Phelps made a splash… Again
He said he was done after London 2012, but boy are we glad he didn’t stick with that decision. Otherwise we would have missed out on #PhelpsFace. How did we not see this before? The internet is eternally grateful for their new meme.
— Meredith Frost (@MeredithFrost) August 9, 2016
Also, we got to see Phelps’ new baby, Boomer, who kind of stole the show.
Everyone took advantage of the moment to spread the love
There were no fewer than three public Olympic proposals at these games (thankfully, everyone said ‘yes’). The first was to Brazilian Rugby player Isadora Cerullo, from girlfriend and stadium manager Marjorie Enya, right on the rugby field. Too cute.
The second was to Chinese diver He Zi at her silver medal ceremony. Her boyfriend and fellow Team China diver Qin Kai proposed with a ring on the podium just after Zi received her medal. Safe to say, he was pretty pumped when she said yes.
Finally, British race walker Tom Bosworth proposed to his boyfriend, Harry Dineley, on Copacabana Beach in Rio. Weren’t these games just the sweetest?
He said YES!!! pic.twitter.com/roXsw7oq8f
— Tom Bosworth (@TomBosworth) August 15, 2016
Athletes got real
Chinese swimmer Fu Yuanhui showed us that athletes get their periods (and period pain) just like the rest of us but they won’t let it stop them. She said that her period is no excuse for a poor performance (although she still won a bronze, so not that poor). You go, girl!
— Shanghaiist.com (@shanghaiist) August 15, 2016
Fiji won its first ever medal and Olympic Idol
The Fiji rugby team won the country their first ever medal–a gold no less–and joined together for a song and a prayer in a moving celebration right after.
— CBC Olympics (@CBCOlympics) August 20, 2016
Some runners reminded us of what the Olympics are really about
The whole point of the Olympics is for all the world’s countries to come together, support one another and compete in a friendly environment. New Zealander Nikki Hamblin showed that Olympic sportsmanship after colliding with American runner Abbey D’ Agostino in the 5000m qualifiers. Hamblin helped D’ Agostino to her feet and both runners finished the race. Though they did not technically qualify, both were allowed into the final. Now that’s what the Olympics are about.
— CBC Olympics (@CBCOlympics) August 16, 2016
Finally, we closed the Olympics just like we opened them… With that guy from Tonga
Yes, the hunk of the Opening Ceremonies made a grand appearance again, because that’s really what the world wanted to see. Thank you, Tonga Flag Bearer.
— Olympics (@Olympics) August 22, 2016
Also, Great Britain lit up the room in honour of their most successful Olympics yet. Where do we get a pair of these fancy light-up shoes? Are these the new Canada mittens? (Just kidding, we wouldn’t trade our maple mitts for anything).
— Keri-anne Payne (@KeriannePayne) August 21, 2016