15 GREAT MO­MENTS IN OLYMPICS IN­CLUD­ING OUR 7S RUGBY GOLD

‘THERE ARE HOURS UPON HOURS OF FOOTAGE TO CHOOSE FROM, FA­MOUS OLYMPIANS FROM PAST YEARS TO ROOT FOR ONCE AGAIN, AND NEW ATH­LETES TO FALL IN LOVE WITH THIS TIME AROUND’ ‘Team Fiji se­cured Fiji’s first gold medal when they beat Great Bri­tain in rugby sev­ens

Fiji Sun - - Big Story - CHAR­LOTTE WILDER Feed­back: jy­otip@fi­jisun.com.fj

The Olympics are a blur. Those of us ob­sessed with the games spend our days snack­ing on the livestreams and our nights drink­ing from the NBC prime­time fire­hose. There are hours upon hours of footage to choose from, fa­mous Olympians from past years to root for once again, and new ath­letes to fall in love with this time around. If you haven’t been glued to your mul­ti­ple stream­ing de­vices, how­ever, you might not be up to date on some of the most amaz­ing, shock­ing, funny, and mov­ing mo­ments th­ese games have given us. Even if you have, the events that made you gasp, laugh, and cry can all start to run to­gether when there’s just so much.

So here, a lit­tle over half­way through the 2016 Olympics, are the 15 best oc­cur­rences from the Rio games so far that are worth sin­gling out.

1. SI­MONE MANUEL’S GOLD MEDAL IN THE 100M FREESTYLE

Si­mone Manuel be­came the first black wo­man to win an Olympic medal in an in­di­vid­ual swim­ming event when she tied Canadian Penny Olek­siak in the 100m freestyle. She cov­ered her mouth with her hand in dis­be­lief and was cry­ing through her post-race in­ter­views as she talked about her his­toric win.

2. #PHELPSFACE

The minute the NBC cam­eras spent show­ing Chad le Clos clown­ing around in front of an un­a­mused Michael Phelps be­fore the two faced off in the 200m but­ter­fly semi-fi­nals spawned amaz­ing memes and launched the hash­tag #PhelpsFace (the hash­tag re­ally should’ve been #Phelp­sPhace, but what can you do).

3. WHEN SI­MONE BILES BROUGHT ALY RAISMAN UP TO CEL­E­BRATE HER WIN WITH HER

Af­ter Si­mone Biles won gold in the women’s all-around gym­nas­tics com­pe­ti­tion, she pulled her team­mate and sil­ver-medal win­ner Aly Raisman up onto the floor to cel­e­brate with her.

4. IBTI­HAJ MUHAM­MAD AND THE US WOMEN’S SABER TEAM’S BRONZE MEDAL

Ibti Muham­mad made his­tory by be­ing the first wo­man to com­pete in the Olympics wear­ing a hi­jab. Win­ning the bronze with her team­mates was “a por­trait of Amer­ica,” writes USA TO­DAY’s Dan Wolken. 5. THE FI­JIAN MEN’S RUGBY SEV­ENS GOLD MEDAL

Team Fiji se­cured the first gold medal their small is­land na­tion has ever taken home when they beat Great Bri­tain in rugby sev­ens.

6. MON­ICA PUIG’S GOLD MEDAL IN TENNIS

Speak­ing of win­ning the first ever gold medal for your coun­try:Mon­ica Puig did so for Puerto Rico when she de­feated An­gelique Ker­ber of Ger­many in women’s sin­gles tennis.

7. JUSTIN ROSE’S CHIP ON THE 18TH HOLE

Great Bri­tain’s Justin Rose hit an in­cred­i­ble 25 yard chip that se­cured him a gold medal in men’s golf for the first time the sport has been in the Olympics since 1904.

8. KRISTIN’S ARM­STRONG’S DE­TER­MI­NA­TION, COL­LAPSE

Kristin Arm­strong fought off aw­ful rain and a nose bleed to win gold in cy­cling a day be­fore her 43rd birth­day. Af­ter the race, she dropped off her bike and col­lapsed in ex­haus­tion; some­one lifted her five-year-old son over the fence and he sprinted into her arms as she lay on the ground.

9. USAIN BOLT’S TURBO-CHARGED 100-ME­TRE RACE

It seemed like Usain Bolt hit a but­ton to kick into turbo mode when he came up be­hind Justin Gatlin to win gold in the men’s 100 me­ters. The photo from the semi-fi­nals be­fore­hand launched al­most as many memes as #PhelpsFace.

10. LILLY KING’S FIN­GER WAG

Lilly King started a new Amer­i­can vic­tory cel­e­bra­tion when she wagged her fin­ger at a pic­ture of Rus­sian swim­mer Yu­lia Efi­mova, who’d been sus­pended from the sport for dop­ing. It launched a war be­tween the two (nei­ther was the clear win­ner out of the pool), as well as a new way for Amer­i­cans to cel­e­brate: Phelps waved his fin­ger af­ter win­ning sev­eral of his ba­jil­lion gold medals, too.

11. WHEN A LITHUANIAN WEIGHT LIFTER CEL­E­BRATED WIN­NING BRONZE WITH A BACKFLIP

Auri­mas Didzbalis was so, so jazzed about win­ning bronze that he promptly flipped over back­wards with joy. Which means that if he ever wants to change sports, gym­nas­tics seems like a pretty safe bet.

12. ADELINDE CORNELISSEN BOW­ING OUT OF DRES­SAGE TO PRO­TECT HER HORSE

An­delinde Cornelissen of the Nether­lands took her­self out of the Olympics to pro­tect her horse, who’d got­ten sick. “My buddy, my friend, the horse that has given every­thing for me his whole life does not de­serve this….” she wrote in a Face­book post.

13. SARAH ROBLES’ BRONZE MEDAL

Sarah Robles won the first medal in weightlift­ing for the United States, since 2000 when she took home the bronze in the women’s over-75-kilo­gram cat­e­gory, end­ing a 16-year drought.

14. EV­ERY KATIE LEDECKY RACE

More so than any­one else in th­ese Olympics, Katie Ledecky’s dom­i­nance in the pool has been ut­terly cap­ti­vat­ing. The high point came at the 800-me­ter freestyle, where she claimed an in­cred­i­ble 11 sec­ond vic­tory, set a new world record (8:04.79), and won her fourth gold medal of the games.

15. THE DIVE

Shau­nae Miller of the Ba­hamas dove across the fin­ish line to edge out Allyson Felix for the gold in the women’s 400 me­ters.

WE ARE THE CHAM­PI­ONS...Our sev­ens team are the best in the world.

Ibit Muham­mad (left), cel­e­brates in her hi­jab.

Mon­ica Puig.

Michael Phelps seemed an­gry as Chad le Clos was clown­ing around.

Si­mone Manuel.

Shau­nae Miller of the Ba­hamas dove to the fin­ish line.

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