With the 2016 Summer Olympics coming to a close about a month or so, it is the perfect time to reflect on the event. Billions and billions of people from around the world had their eyes on Rio for a few weeks in early to mid-August. Thousands of athletes from hundreds of countries were competing for medals in over 300 events. And while many medals were won, sometimes the amazing stories from the Games take precedent over who won the events. And with that in mind, let’s take a look at 18 of the most medal-worthy stories from Rio 2016, and beware, number 10 will pull at your heart strings.
#18 Penny Dominates the Pool
Rio 2016 was a pretty solid one for Canada. But there was one Canadian that stuck out above the rest and that was Penny Oleksiak. She took home 4 total medals at Rio. And did I mention that she is only 16 years old? And while Penny dominated the pool during her events, there was another amazing swimmer that had an amazing story too, and you’ll read about her at number 12.
#17 Oksana Chusovitina Becomes Oldest Woman To Compete in Gymnastics
If you look at most of the gymnast’s at the Olympics, you will see the majority of them are in their teens or early 20s. And anything past 30 is nearly unheard of. But Oksana Chusovitina throws all those numbers out of the window. Oksana is 41 years old and this is her 7th Olympics, which makes her the only female gymnast to compete in that many.
#16 Simone Manuel Makes History in the Pool
This woman was truly something special and competed directly, and got 4 medals of her own. And in the process, she became the first African-American woman to win a gold medal in swimming. And despite Simone not being an overly popular name, Manuel was not the only Simon to hit the front pages during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, which you will see in number 14.
#15 Husband and Coach?
In a strange story out of the Olympics, Katina Hozzsu and her husband made some headlines. He also acts as her coach and gets very animated on the sidelines. He is extremely happy when she wins and extremely unhappy when she loses. It was very strange to see him getting so animated and actually had some officials worried there was some abuse going on, which Hozzsu and her husband both deny.
#14 Kosovo Picks Up First Ever Medal at the Olympics
If you don’t know the country of Kosovo, I don’t blame you. Kosovo is a tiny nation that became independent from Serbia in 2008 and has under 2 million people living there. They got their first ever medal at Rio and it was gold, which Majlinda Kalmendi won in Judo. And Kosovo also wasn’t the only country to secure their first gold medal at Rio, so did our next entry.