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2016 Summer Olympics Highlights

Every 2 years, we are enticed into viewing worldwide competitions that take place between the top athlete’s across over 200 countries. Both the Summer and Winter Olympics bring out some of Canada’s top athletes. Now that our team has landed back on Canadian soil, let’s take a look at some of the key highlights that took place over the past 2 weeks!   Olympic_Rings.svg

Every moment of the Olympics is memorable in its own way, but there are always a few that stand out from the rest. Fiji won their first ever gold medal in Olympic history in men’s rugby, defeating Great Britain 43-7.

Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian in history, was defeated by Joseph Schooling of Singapore in the 100m butterfly. Schooling idolized Michael Phelps as a child and a photo featuring the two of them at the Beijing Olympics, when Joseph was only 13 surfaced on social media. You could say Michael Phelps got “schooled” at his own sport.

Canada was no stranger to the podium at the Rio Games with 16-year-old swimmer Penny Oleksiak taking home four medals, launching her into full-blown star status. There will be a party held at The Beaches in Toronto this weekend to honour Canada’s latest celebrity.

Andre de Grasse gave Usain Bolt a run for his money, taking second in the 200m final and winning three medals overall. Bolt finished off his Olympic career by continuing his streak of winning gold in every final he has competed in, now holding a total of 9 gold medals.

Some of the best Olympic moments take place outside the competition, such as when Chinese diver He Zi was proposed to at the podium by fellow diver Qin Kai as she accepted her silver medal for the 3m women’s springboard. And of course the closing ceremony – the carnival style ceremony was a spectacle that did not disappoint and the Prime Minister of Japan, the host of the 2020 games, came dressed as Mario to top it all off.

It comes as no surprise that social media, Twitter in particular, was especially active during the 2016 Olympic Games. The games generated over 187 million Tweets and a whopping 75 billion impressions. The most tweeted about moment was Neymar scoring the game winning penalty kick in a shout out against Germany, securing the gold medal for Brazil in soccer. Neymar was also one of the most tweeted about athletes at the games, joined by superstars Michael Phelps and Usain Bolt. The most popular events to tweet about were swimming, soccer, and track and field which matches up very closely with the athletes that twitter users were buzzing about.

All in all, there are so many things to take away from these Olympic games from athletes sacrificing their own performance to help each other make it to the finish line, to youngsters setting the stage for their future Olympic performance. We can’t wait to see what the 2018 Winter Olympics will have in store.