Every four years the world comes together to celebrate the greatest athletes in Olympic summer sports. We’ll be honest. We usually watch more Games of Thrones than games of volleyball, but we always get caught up in the Olympics. Who doesn’t like watching dreams come true and superhuman achievements? Here are a few of our favorite moments from Team USA at the Rio Olympics.
1.Katie Ledecky had an incredible Olympic run, taking home four gold medals and one silver. However, her most stunning finish came during the 800-meter freestyle, where she set a new world-record and beat the silver medalist by a whole 11 seconds, a.k.a an eternity in competitive swimming.
2. There was a time before you knew who Simone Biles was and a time after, and frankly the time before was full of sadness and mediocre floor routines. The 19-year-old helped Team USA win gold in the Women’s Team All-Around and then went on to win three more gold medals and a bronze medal on her own. Watching her literally defy gravity in her epic floor routine is what the Olympics are all about.
3. Maybe it’s the social media geek in us, but Michael Phelps donning the now viral Phelps Face will be what we remember most from his final Olympic games. The most decorated Olympian of all time won 5 gold and 1 silver medal, but most importantly gave us a meme that will inspire our cardio workouts for years to come.
4. The podium was wall to wall stars and stripes after the women’s 100-meter hurdles. Team USA became the first nation to sweep the event in Olympic history with Brianna Rollins, Nia Ali, and Kristi Castlin respectively bringing home the gold, silver, and bronze medal.
5. If this summer Olympics taught us anything, it’s that if your name is Simone you are going to dominate. On the same day Simone Biles took gold at the Women’s Gymnastic Individual All-Around, Simone Manuel won gold in swimming’s 100-meter freestyle, becoming the first African-American woman to win an individual Olympic gold medal in swimming while also setting a record for America and the Olympics.