Rio in review

The good, the bad and the ugly of the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team

Adele Baughman, Copy Editor


  • Michael Phelps earning six medals for swimming in Rio, five golds and one silver, making his Olympic medal count to 28
  • Phelps beating South Africa’s Chad le Clos, who stated in multiple interviews leading up to Rio that he would beat Phelps in the 200 butterfly  
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  • Ibtihaj Muhammad being the first Muslim-American to earn a medal by winning bronze in fencing
  • Aly Raisman redeems herself from the 2012 Olympics by winning one gold in all-around team and two silvers on her floor exercise and all-around individual for gym
  • Simone Biles winning four golds in vault, all-around team, floor and all-around individual; she also earned one bronze for beam all at her first Olympics for gym
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  • Simone Manuel becoming the first African-American woman to win an individual Olympic gold in swimming on the 100 meter  freestyle and set both an Olympic and American record with a time of 52.7 seconds
  • Men’s basketball team beating the Serbian team to take the gold
  • Katie Ledecky winning five medals, breaking multiple records in swim and winning the 800 meter freestyle by 11 seconds for swimming
  • The United States earning the most medals with 121 overall, almost twice as much as second place, Great Britain, who had a total of 67



  • Michael Phelps retiring and planning on spending more time with his family
  • Ryan Lochte stating that he was robbed by thieves dressed as police officers, while in reality he had gotten drunk and vandalized a gas station. His false accusations led to him losing multiple sponsors such as Ralph Lauren and Speedo
  • Lochte’s blue hair   
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  • Disappointing loss of the U.S. women’s soccer team to Sweden and Hope Solo’s reaction of calling the Swedish team “a bunch of cowards”, resulting in a six month suspension
  • Serena Williams being knocked out in the third round of singles tennis to Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina
  • The track team being disqualified in the men’s 4×100 relay for an illegal baton exchange

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