The most satisfying victory in the entire games? Clearly, Brazil's men's team edging Germany in soccer. 1-1, but 5-4 on penalty kicks. It was two years ago that Germany embarrassed host-country Brazil in the FIFA World Cup semifinals, 7-1. Seven to one! Neymar was injured for that match, but scored Brazil's only goal in this gold medal final:
- The USA won the first gold medal (shooter Ginny Thrasher) and final one (men's basketball team).
- The swimming team won 16 gold medals and 33 total
- Michael Phelps was phenomenal, upping his all time total to 23 golds and 28 overall
- Katie Ledecky set two world records en route to winning four golds and one silver in these games alone
- The track and field athletes also did well, with 13 golds and 32 medals
- Adam Eaton tied Bob Mathias (1948 and 1952) by repeating in the decathlon
- However, track and field were all Bolt's
- Women's gymnastics won nine medals, most ever, four by Simone Biles
- Kayla Harrison (judo) and Claressa Shields (boxing) became the first Americans to successfully defend their Olympic titles in their sport
- Hawai's Patsy Mink's Title IX paved the way for success by our women
- The women's 400-meter medley relay team won our 1000th gold medal since 1896
- So the men's basketball team got a couple of anxious moments. They demolished Serbia by 30 points in the finals to gain gold, and the women thrashed Spain by 29 for gold.
- 213 Americans earned medals, 85% by those who competed in NCAA collegiate athletics, headed by Stanford University with 27 medals, which would have placed the Cardinals in 10th place among all nations.
- Rio (2016) $12 billion
- Sochi (winter 2014) 22 billion
- London (2012) $15 billion
Humphrey Bogart (you need to click on this to find out why), also known as Tropical Storm Lionrock, after dawdling around a bit, could soon strengthen into a typhoon and head in the general direction of Okinawa: