After 16 days of heartbreak, anguish, and joy, the 2016 Rio Olympics have finally drawn to a close. There are many indelible images etched in all of our minds. There are surely plenty more moments that may have brought tears to your eyes or a smile to your face.
Here we look five emotional moments of the Rio Games.
1) Dipa Karmakar creates history:
The 22-year-old gymnast Dipa Karmakar who finished fourth in the vault final with a score of 15.006 – well past her previous best – and missed a bronze medal by 0.150 points. No Indian had gone before is a story in itself, and no one can begrudge Dipa her result. Dipa Karmakar lost the final battle at the Rio Olympics but she left an impression on her city by competing with the best in the world and finishing fourth in women’s vault final. The tiny and sleepy city, decorated with posters and banners wishing Dipa and her coach Bishweswar Nandi luck.
2. A helping hand:
New Zealand’s Nikki Hamblin and American Abbey D’Agostino were over halfway done with their preliminary heat in the 5,000-meters when disaster struck. Hamblin got her feet caught up and fell to the track directly in front of D’Agostino, who then tripped and fell. Both runners were visibly hurt, but rather than continue on with the race, D’Agostino went back to help Hamblin up. As the two runners started toward the finish line, D’Agostino realized she was hurt more severely than she thought. Now it was Hamblin’s turn to help her through the race. Hamblin was granted an exception and ran in the final, while D’Agostino was sidelined for the duration of the games with a knee injury. But together they provided one of the most uplifting moments of the games.
3) Silver and a diamond:
Chinese diver He Zi was probably at an all-time high after winning a silver medal in the women’s 3-meter springboard. But that moment got even more incredible when her boyfriend proposed to her moments after she received her medal. This was one of the several proposals that took place at the games, but definitely the most memorable.
4) Tears of joy:
Helen Maroulis became the first U.S. women’s wrestler to ever win an Olympic medal. To do it, she had to beat one of the most dominant women’s wrestlers the sport has ever seen. And not only that — she won gold. After the match, Maroulis simply couldn’t contain the emotion. Helen Maroulis shocked the wrestling world by winning gold. USATSI
5) Brave French athlete suffers stomach problem:
A French athlete collapsed during the 50km walk after suffering from stomach trouble – only to get back to his feet and finish the race. Yohann Diniz, the world record holder in the event, was leading the field in the 45th minute when a camera picked up on him beginning to struggle.
A dark liquid starting trickling down the back of Diniz’s legs after he apparently defecated during the race. An hour or so later he collapsed to the floor, lying there motionless for a few seconds before dragging himself to his feet and soldiering on.
In a moment of solidarity, the man going into the lead, Canada’s Evan Dunfee, picked up the fallen athlete back to his feet as they continued with the race.