With the closing of the 2016 Rio Olympics, Rio’s culture and influence has been spread worldwide, several champions have been revealed and several champions have been awarded for their athletic achievements.
The Closing Ceremony
The closing ceremony of the 2016 Summer Olympics was held on 21 August 2016, at the Maracanã Stadium, Rio de Janeiro.
As per traditional protocol, the ceremony featured cultural presentations from Brazil and Japan, as well as closing remarks by International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach and the leader of the Games’ organizing committee Carlos Arthur Nuzman, the official handover of the Olympic flag from Rio de Janeiro mayor Eduardo Paes to Tokyo governor Yuriko Koike, whose city will play host to the 2020 Summer Olympics, and the extinguishing of the Olympic flame.
The creative director for the ceremony was Rosa Magalhães. Amid heavy rainfall, the ceremony began with interpretive dancers representing various landmarks in the host city. Martinho da Vila then performed a rendition of the song Carinhoso (pt). The flag parade followed shortly after a choir of 27 children, representing the states of Brazil, sang the Brazilian national anthem. In another segment, introducing the athletes, pop singer Roberta Sá channeled Carmen Miranda, the fruit-headdress-wearing, midcentury Hollywood diva who endures as a beloved camp figure.
The ceremony featured a performance of “Carry Me” by Norwegian electronic tropical music producer Kygo and singer-songwriter Julia Michaels, as part of a segment that promoted the new Olympic Channel service launching after the Games. The games’ final medal awards for the men’s marathon were also presented, along with the Kenyan national anthem. Four newly elected members of the IOC Athletes’ Commission were introduced: Britta Heidemann (Germany), Ryu Seung-min (South Korea), Dániel Gyurta (Hungary) and Yelena Isinbayeva (Russia), who will work there for the next eight years.
Tokyo 2020’s presentation for the next Olympics featured swimmer Kosuke Kitajima, boxer Ryōta Murata and Prime Minister Shinzō Abe. The Japanese national anthem was sung while the flag of Japan was projected onto the stadium grounds. The flag then faded out to thank those who aided the country during the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami. A video presentation featuring characters from Captain Tsubasa, Doraemon, Pac-Man and Hello Kitty led up to Abe’s appearance, which consisted of him transforming into Mario from Nintendo’s Mario series and jumping out of a Warp Pipe given by Doraemon from Shibuya Crossing to Maracanã Stadium while dressed up as Mario. Male rhythmic gymnasts from Aomori University and dancers then performed a dance routine highlighting Japan’s electronic culture (choreographed by Mikiko, music by Yasutaka Nakata), before the presentation ended with the logo of the forthcoming Tokyo games.
Speeches by organising committee chairman Carlos Arthur Nuzman and IOC president Thomas Bach marked the end of the games. Mariene de Castro sang in front of the Olympic cauldron as the flame was extinguished via piped rain. The ceremony ended with a fireworks display and a tribute to Rio’s signature event, the Carnival, which showcased Brazil’s musical dance culture. The 250-person strong parade was led by Brazilian model Izabel Goulart and street cleaner Renato Sorriso, with the carnival anthem Cidade Maravilhosa playing in the background.
The 2016 Summer Olympic program featured 28 sports with 41 disciplines, and a total of 306 events, tentatively resulting in 306 medal sets to be distributed. Athletes from 87 countries won medals, and 59 of them won at least one gold medal. Both of these categories set new records. 120 countries did not win a medal.
Two gold medals were awarded for a first-place tie in the women’s 100 metre freestyle swimming event. No silver medal was awarded as a consequence.
Three silver medals were awarded for a second-place tie in the men’s 100 metre butterfly swimming event. No bronze medal was awarded as a consequence.
In boxing (13 disciplines), judo (14), taekwondo (8), and wrestling (18), two bronze medals are awarded in each event (53 additional bronze medals total). Additionally, two bronze medals were awarded for a third-place tie in the women’s 100 metre backstroke swimming and in the men’s K-1 200 metres canoeing events.
Click here to see the medal race to see which nations dominated.
The Olympics is the time every four years where every country puts aside their differences and competes with each other in fair, competitive games – in theory. However, there are sometimes controversies in this prestigious event. Listed below are some of the bigger controversies from these olympic games.
Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte fabricated a story of being robbed at gunpoint during the Games. One police official, who spoke to the AP under the condition of anonymity, said that Lochte, as well as the other swimmers on the U.S. Olympic team — Jack Conger, Gunnar Bentz, and Jimmy Feigen — were at a Rio gas station the same night that they claimed to have been mugged. According to the official, one of the swimmers tried and failed to open an outside bathroom door. They then pushed on and broke the door, prompting a guard to confront them. The store manager asked the athletes to pay for the broken door, which they did, and then left.
Boxing Judges Suspended
Boxing judges were suspended from the Rio Games after some controversial decisions. Boxers and coaches had been complaining about many of these, the most prominent being Russia’s Vladmir Nikitin’s unanimous decision over Ireland’s Michael John Conlan. Conlan lost the medal even though he seemed to have won all three rounds. Following the fight, Conlan refused to leave the ring, flipping off the judges and flexing his muscles to a cheering crowd.
Egyptian Sent Home for Handshake
Following a first-round heavyweight Judo loss, Islam El Shehaby received a “severe reprimand” for refusing to shake the hand of his opponent Or Sasson. The IOC said the conduct was “contrary to the rules of fair play and against the spirit of friendship embodied in the Olympic values.” The Egyptian Olympic Committee also condemned the actions and sent El Shehaby home.
Kyrgyzstan weightlifter Izzat Artykov was excluded from the Rio Olympics for doping and lost the bronze medal he won in the 69kg contest. “His medal is forfeited and he is excluded from the Olympic Games,” the CAS anti-doping tribunal announced.