The 2016 Rio Olympic games have come and gone with Brazil winning the first Olympic football title. The Olympic Flame that was lit by marathon runner Vanderlei de Lima has been put out and so will the thousands of athletes and fans retire to their respective countries and homes with lots of memories to reminisce about. Some will go home smiling while others still will be returning with lots of disappointment. But that is life, anyways!
While we wait for our next meeting for the Olympics jamboree that will be happening in Tokyo in 2020, we should take a look at some of the moments that Afrohustler.com thought deserve attention.
Outfits during the opening Ceremony
From the visible display of handsomeness and muscles lubricated in baby oil, to outfits that could literally be classified as school uniforms, there was an assortment of styles of all shapes and sizes on display inside Maracanã Stadium. This, of course, was talking points to some designers. Team Cameroon also put up their show with one of the most beautiful uniforms (the North West Regalia) of all the teams. Did you also know that some Cameroonians were not happy with the fact that this was the outfit worn by team Cameroon? Some say it would have been something else…Wonders shall never end!
You might want to peek into the package the Team ‘Kamer’ brought back.
WHO WAS THE YOUNGEST SWIMMER?
The youngest swimmer to ever make it to the Olympics is Kaya Forson, a 14-year-old Ghanian. Sad she never made it to the finals of her swimming discipline of the 2016 Rio Olympic games but that was one experience to remember. Just like every grateful person, she is happy with the experience and will train harder. Not forgetting her desire to inspire other women through swimming.
“Is a nice experience and I hope to inspire more women to get into swimming. I am happy with the exposure and I am going to train hard for the future,” Kaya said.
ABOUT THIS YOUNG GYMNAST BREAKING RECORDS
It’s that 19-year-old girl who’s known on social media for her bikinis. Confused? It’s Simone Biles. Did you know she might be the first gymnast to take five gold medals in a single game? She and her girls also made history as the first US women to win three Olympic gold medals.
Swimming Pool turned green
As you go around you’ll have very strange experiences. The 2016 Rio Olympic Games is one to remember when it comes to the swimming discipline. Athletes and audiences alike stood agape when they saw a swimming pool that was blue the previous day had turned green. All present at the centre couldn’t believe their eyes.
Was it some kind of miracle akin to that of Jesus changing water into wine?
Unconfirmed reports claimed that the pH level in the pool had risen to 9, an alkaline reading, when the optimum level is 7.4, much closer to neutral. That would indicate there was not enough chlorine in the water, which in turn could have allowed green-coloured algae to grow. A source alleged the venue managers had had to “shock” the pool back down to a normal pH just two hours before the competition began.
A selfless display of sportsmanship
During a 5,000 metre race, a runner stopped right in the middle of the race to check on her fallen athlete in a true demonstration of sportsmanship at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
24-year-old American, Abbey D’Agostino of the US accidentally tripped New Zealand’s Nikki Hamblin during the course of the race. They both fell but D’Agostino got back up and stopped running to attend to Nikki who was still lying on the floor behind her.
Nikki finished the race after 16 minutes and 43 seconds, whiled D’Agostino finished after 17 minutes and 10 seconds. The two met at the finished line and embraced one another with so much love. At the end of the race, Nikki was thankful to D’Agostino and said “That girl is the Olympic spirit right there. I went down and I was like ‘what’s happening? Why am I on the ground?.” Are you interested in the details?
Athletes robbed during the Olympics
The US Olympic Gold Medalist, Ryan Lochte, together with three teammates were robbed at gunpoint. They were in a taxi coming back to the athlete village after a night out when they were stopped by robbers posing as police officers. Lotche says he resisted attempts to have him get out of the car until they had a gun to his head.
“We got pulled over, in the taxi, and these guys came out with a badge, a police badge, no lights, no nothing just a police badge and they pulled us over,” the 32-year-old swimmer told NBC’s Today programme. “They pulled out their guns, they told the other swimmers to get down on the ground – they got down on the ground. I refused, I was like we didn’t do anything wrong, so I’m not getting down on the ground.
“And then the guy pulled out his gun, he cocked it, put it to my forehead and he said: ‘Get down’, and I put my hands up, I was like ‘whatever’. He took our money, he took my wallet , he left my cell phone, he left my credentials,” said Lochte.
Should you bother knowing what happened from this point on?
But hold on a moment! Could it be that Lochte just made up that story? Umm…Okay. I get it. Why on earth would he be lying?
Usain Bolt says he’s the greatest
Usain Bolt finished the 200m race in 19.78 seconds to easily bag his third straight Olympic gold medal adding to the golds from Beijing and London. It also brings his career gold medal tally to eight. Wait a minute! Oh, he said this is his last Olympics. Should he quit this early? Well, we can’t decide for him.
“I’ve proven to the world I’m the greatest. This is what I came here for. That’s what I’m doing. This is why I said this is my last Olympics — I can’t prove anything else,” said Bolt.
“What else can I do to prove to the world I am the greatest?” he added. “I am trying to be one of the greatest. Be among [Muhammad] Ali and Pelé. I hope to be in that bracket after these Games.”
With this final gold, Bolt says it’s time to leave the stage.
That’s the end of the road for his racing career. This simply means he’s given up a space for someone to occupy. Who will that be? It could be you reading this now, of course.
Marriage Proposals at Rio Olympics
Hey! Could I possible give a blind sight to all the marriage proposals that took place during the 2016 Rio Olympic games?
A lot of athletes fell in love during this Olympics, I mean falling in love guys. It didn’t just end at the love falling level. Some took bold steps to make their marriage proposals on cameras and that was for viewers all over the world to say things like…”they are lovely.” So what happened in Brazil?
Diving for the Gold Medal
Hahahaha! Diving? Like swimming or what? No, it wasn’t a swimmer diving. This time around it was a runner who plunged over the finish line to win a 400m race. That’s interesting, I guess.
Shaunae Miller, a 22-year-old Bahamian couldn’t settle for the second position behind the American, Allyson Felix. Miller went out hard from lane seven and led coming into the home straight, but Felix looked set to reel her in. As Felix tied up, though, Miller launched herself over the line to take victory in a new personal best of 49.44s.
That was a smart move, people!
French athlete collapsed during a race and refused to quit
Plenty of scenes in Brazil. French athlete collapsed and even released a substance through his…anus. That was hard to say but it’s just what happened.
Yohnann Diniz, the man with the world record in his competing category, collapsed during the 50km walk after suffering from a stomach disorder. After a very short while, he got back to his feet and had the race done with.
Hmmm! There are brave men, you know.