IOC President Opens Games With Message of Peace, Equality
The President of the International Olympic Committee says these Rio Games will promote peace.
Thomas Bach spoke not long after the parade of athletes into Maracana Stadium was completed on Friday night. Bach says all Brazilians "can be very proud tonight," then went on to talk about the importance of these Olympics.
Bach said, "We are living in a world of crises, mistrust and uncertainty. Here is our Olympic answer: The 10,000 best athletes in the world, competing with each other, at the same time living peacefully together in one Olympic Village, sharing their meals and their emotions."
Bach added that in this Olympic world, "we are all equal" — words that were met with applause.
He went on to ask the athletes to "respect yourself, respect each other, respect the Olympic Values which make the Olympic Games unique for you and for the entire world."
Bach concluded his remarks by presenting the Olympic Laurel to Kipchoge Keino, a two-time gold medalist from Kenya who went on to open an orphanage in his homeland.
Bach's speech was preceded by one from Rio Organizing Committee President Carlos Nuzman, who said "a new world is born today."
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Games of the XXXI Olympiad Are Officially Closed
With the extinguishing of the Olympic flame, the 2016 Rio Olympics are officially closed.
The world will reconvene in Pyeongchang for the 2018 Winter Olympics and in Tokyo for the 2020 Summer Games.
Simone Biles Carries USA Flag During Closing Ceremony
After collecting five medals at the Summer Games(four gold, one bronze) Simone Biles had the opportunity of a lifetime to bear the flag of the United States during the Closing Ceremony of the 2016 Rio Olympics.
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Carmelo Anthony on Gold Medal Win: 'I Know This is the End, This is it for me'
Carmelo Anthony won his third gold medal of his career on Sunday, and said afterward that this one is special to him because it's his final Olympics.
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Team USA Secures Third Consecutive Gold After Crushing Serbia in Men's Basketball Final
The United States clobbered Serbia 96-66 to win its third straight gold medal.
Team USA’s best player stepped up when they needed him most as Kevin Durant scored a game-high 30 points to go along with four assists, three rebounds three steals and a block.
With the win, Carmelo Anthony won his third Olympic title, setting the record for most Olympic gold medals won by a single player. Anthony tallied seven points, seven rebounds, two assists and a steal in the game.
Brazil has its Most Successful Olympic Medal Showing in Rio
As the saying goes, "Nothing beats home cooking!"
Olympic host nation Brazil finishes with 19 total medals (seven gold, six silver and six bronze), the most in its history. The seven gold medals also mark Brazil’s most gold medals in Olympic history, surpassing five in Athens 2004.
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Brazil Wins Gold Medal in Men's Volleyball Final Against Italy
The Brazilian men's volleyball team can be the new poster team for the old adage "It's not how you start, it's how you finish."
The Brazilians were on the verge of elimination, needing a win over France on the final match of the preliminary round to squeak into the quarterfinals with the last spot from Pool A.
But from there, Brazil rolled, finishing the journey Sunday afternoon with a gold medal after sweeping Italy (25-22, 28-26, 26-24) in front of a packed Maracanãzinho arena.
Claressa Shields Wins Second Straight Women's Boxing Gold
In an unprecedented and unsurprising battle for Olympic gold, Claressa Shields retained her Olympic championship in women's middleweight boxing and became a two time boxing gold medalist.
Shields showed her trademark strength in the ring, never letting her opponent Nouchka Fontijn (NED) get ahead of her in the scoreboard.
Shields, a 21-year old from Flint, Michigan, becomes the first U.S. boxer to successfully defend an Olympic title. She adds gold in Rio to her gold from London.