Seven Things We Learnt From The Rio Olympics

Ex­cuse us while we put on our swim­ming hats – we are très sporty now

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Last week we ran, cy­cled and dived into a (bright green) vat full of Olympic-shaped ob­ses­sion. We stayed up to watch the swim­ming, cheered on Team GB and felt sportier than ever. We haven’t been this ex­cited by the Olympics since, well, 2012. Here’s what we took away...

1 It Was Full Of Cute Cou­ples

We love a lit­tle ro­mance, so we were kinda ob­sessed with Brit gold medal gym­nast Max Whit­lock and his fi­ancée Leah Hick­ton’s in­sta-per­fect re­la­tion­ship. And then there’s that en­gage­ment. Af­ter Chi­nese diver He Zi picked up a sil­ver, her boyfriend Qin Kai pro­posed. But we won­der, did he ruin her big mo­ment?

2 biker braids are to­tally a thing

So we know it’s meant to be about the sport, but it’s also about the hair. We were al­ready barmy for braids, but af­ter we saw cy­clists Laura Trott and Eli­nor Barker line up we raced to the hair­dressers so fast you’d think we were up against Usain Bolt.

3 cup­ping is back

It might look painful but any Olympic ath­lete worth their salt was into cup­ping this year (it boosts blood flow, FYI) with swim­mers Michael Phelps and gym­nast Aly Rais­man both sport­ing bruises.

4 they don’t just get busy on the track...

The ath­letes were given 450,000 con­doms and swim­mer Ryan Lochte claimed that ‘75 per cent of Olympians are at it’ in the vil­lage. Brazil­ian diver In­grid Oliveira re­port­edly spent the night with ca­noeist Pe­dro Gon­calves af­ter kick­ing her div­ing part­ner Gio­vanna Pe­droso out of their shared room. Gio­vanna later de­clared their part­ner­ship over. Awks.

5 Usain Bolt Is Our Mon­day Mo­ti­va­tion

Imag­ine be­ing so good at run­ning you can turn to smile for the cam­eras mid-race and still win. That was Usain Bolt in the 100 me­tres, putting ev­ery­one else to shame and in­spir­ing a del­uge of hi­lar­i­ous memes.

6 Peanut But­ter makes you an ath­lete*

Whether you’re eat­ing it with a ba­nana like gym­nast Si­mone Biles or hav­ing it in a smoothie like foot­ball star Ni­cole Barn­hart, the spread 100 per cent makes you an ath­lete. *More hunch than fact.

7 He­len Skel­ton’s out­fits Win

She might have got some flak from old men who don’t know how to dress, but in your eyes pre­sen­ter He­len Skel­ton wins gold for her sar­to­rial style. A whop­ping 73 per cent of you on said you loved her looks. Go He­len!

Laura Trott kisses fi­ancé and fel­low cy­clist Ja­son Kenny Max and Leah are child­hood sweet­hearts

Aly shows off her cup­ping treat­ment

Catch me if you can! Bolt wins in style

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