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The 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro have come to a close.

Despite worries about the city’s preparedness, Zika virus, toxic water and civil unrest, the 16 days of world-class sports went off with only a few minor hiccups.

The games saw historic achievements from Olympic veterans Michael Phelps in the pool and Usain Bolt on the track. Newcomers like swimmer Katy Ledecky and gymnast Simone Biles opened new chapters of U.S. Olympic dominance.

In a powerful display of resilience, a group of refugee athletes formed a team for the first time in history.

American decathlete Ashton Eaton won a gold medal to keep the title of “world’s greatest athlete,” and runner Matthew Centrowitz became the first U.S. athlete to win a gold medal in the 1500-meter race since 1908. American hurdlers Brianna Rollins, Nia Ali and Kristi Castlin achieved an Olympic first by sweeping the podium in the women’s 100-meter hurdles.

The U.S. men’s and women’s basketball won gold medals to reaffirm the nation’s global dominance in the sport.

But the many U.S. victories also were shadowed by the embarrassing scandal involving swimmers Ryan Lochte, Gunnar Bentz, Jack Conger and James Feigen — who initially claimed to have been robbed at gunpoint at a Rio gas station after a night of celebrating. Surveillance video and witness testimony proved the swimmers had vandalized the gas station restroom and were then confronted by security guards, who ordered the men to pay for the damage. The incident led to a series of apologies from the U.S. Olympic Committee.

With hours to spare in the Olympic games, Brazilian soccer star Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior secured gold for the home country on a penalty kick, before collapsing in joyful tears — a fitting punctuation for 16 days of sports on the world’s largest stage.

Brazil passes the proverbial torch to Japan who will host the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.

Go to NBCOlympics.com for even more coverage from the 2016 Rio Games.


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