Sunday, May 15, 2016

As Olympics Come to A Close, Countries Consolidate Medal Counts, Reflect on Great Games


After three weeks of hard-fought sporting battles, we’re finally nearing the end of the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Olympic Games. Although the political, social, cultural, and military struggles, assassinations, and general turmoil have plagued the Games, with the scores of deaths almost outnumbering the Olympic events offered, the personal stories of the Olympics still rang throughout the South American continent.

The country with the most gold medals, and the most overall medals, was, of course, the United States of America. Brazil delivered an upset to the People’s Republic of China for the second-best medal count, with many blaming the Chinese dedication to Peleism on their poor performance in this year’s summer games.

Although there were a numerous amount of stoppages of various Olympic events, the show, in the end, still went on. All events, aside from a few water-based events, due to the pollution in Guanabara Bay, were able to be completed within the Olympic time-frame.

Notable events include the Women’s pole vaulting record being made by Italy and then being almost immediately usurped by the smaller Olympic delegation of Togo. This upset caused some of the most harrowing images ever seen in an Olympic competition, as the mother’s of the two Olympians chose to physically fight each other within the Maracana Stadium parking lot immediately following the medal ceremony.

Other notable events include the accidental switching of victor’s olive wreaths with leaves of poison oak, which plagued the heads of Olympians competing within javelin, women’s doubles tennis, men’s volleyball, synchronized diving, wrestling, and worst of all within the dressage events, where many winning horses were injured by the poison oak hurting their sensitive ears.

Now that the events are finished and all that could have gone wrong, has, we are looking forward to sitting on our hands and doing nothing as we move towards the Closing Ceremonies, although that is almost sure not to happen.  

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