Memorable moments from the Olympic Games

As it’s the final day of competition and preparations are underway for the closing ceremony, we’ve pulled together what we think are the best and worst moments of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

Best Moments

Opening Ceremony

There was one particularly memorable moment of the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games in Rio and that came from Tongan flag barer, Pita Taufatofua.

He may not have made it onto our 100 Hottest Olympic Sportsmen but coming out in the national dress and covered in oil, it really was the highlight of what otherwise was a slightly forgetful ceremony.



Jack Laugher and Chris Mears winning Gold

The site of Jack Laugher jumping into the arms of Chris Mears and then dropping to their knees after they realised they had won an Olympic Gold Medal was our favourite moment of two weeks of sporting action.



The duo shocked many as they produced a series of outstanding dives to keep the favourites from China out of the gold medal spot.



Double gold for Max Whitlock

Max Whitlock became Team GB’s first ever gymnastics gold medallist after he nailed his floor routine on day 14 but he didn’t have time to celebrate as he was competing in the pommel horse final.



Whitlock was the penultimate diver to take to the horse and with teammate, Louis Smith, in the lead on 15.833 points he knew he had to put in a flawless performance to top the leaderboard. And that’s exactly what he did achieving a score of 15.966. Whitlock’s second gold of the evening was confirmed when the final gymnast was unable to score higher.



Bryony Page bounces to silver

One of the most surprising medals for Team GB came in the Trampoline as Bryony Page took the silver medal. Page was emotional after her final routine and the tears returned once all the other competitors had completed their routines and her medal was confirmed.



Jolly Hockey Sticks

It was an emotional night on Day 14 as Team GB won gold in the women’s hockey. It needed to go to penalties but with Maddie Hinch in goal, The Netherlands stood no chance.

The most significant thing about the victory was that Kate and Helen Richardson-Walsh became the first same-sex married couple to win a medal of any kind at an Olympic Games.

Kate Richardson-Walsh has 375 caps at international level and has suggested she will retire after these games. What a better way to finish your career than with a gold medal?




Worst Moments

Poor attendances

Tickets to London 2012 were like gold dust. Millions of people applied for the ballot and pretty much every event was a sell out and this wasn’t just for the finals with the earlier rounds of all events seeing venues packed to the rafters.

Unfortunately the same hasn’t been the same in Rio with many events suffering from poor attendances. Badminton has not been able to draw in the crowds.



The crowds for the diving finals were also disappointing.



Although the poor attendances meant that the crowds at the Dressage were able to take refuge from the hot Brazilian sun.



Swamp thing

Some of the biggest headlines at the Olympic Games have come from the Maria Lenk Aquatics Centre as the water in both the diving pool and the water polo pool began to turn an ugly shade of green.



Daley’s disastrous semi final

Things were looking great for Tom Daley in the Men’s 10m platform competition. Building from his bronze medal in the synchronised 10m final Daley scored a new Olympic Record in the preliminaries of the individual competition. But the wheels came of as he went from first to last, finishing 18th in the semi finals and ending his campaign for gold.




When the crowds could be bothered to turn up, they weren’t afraid to show their feelings. This ofter resulted in loud choruses of booing. It was pretty comical when the crowds were booing every time their divers failed to get perfect 10s in the diving, which they never did, and it was slightly expected when athletes who have served bans for drug use such as Yulia Efimova and Justin Gatlin came out to compete. But the worst example of crowd etiquette came during the medal ceremony of the men’s pole vault.



Silver medallist, Renaud Lavillenie, was reduced to tears as the crowds decided to show their support for the Brazilian gold medalist, Thiago Braz, by booing the Frenchman.

It was not nice to see and showed a lack of respect for the non-Brazilian athletes.


Crashing out of the BMX

The BMX draws the crowd due to the fast speeds, high jumps and the likelihood of a pile-up or two. And in those respects, the crowds were not left disappointed. One man that was disappointed was Liam Phillips who crashed out of the first run in his heat. He was too injured to continue meaning his games were over after about ten seconds.


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