Best of the 2016 Summer Olympics

Last night, as the Closing Ceremony came to an explosive end, I asked Joey to be extra nice to me this week, as I’ll be suffering from Post-Olympic Depression.  Only sort of kidding, because I let myself get SO wrapped into the past two weeks of elite athletic competition that life afterwards feels abruptly ordinary.  For two weeks, the whole world came together to watch the best of the best put their all into their events and that communal feeling was so real and strong and wonderful.  Why does it all have end?!

So what are we to do after a Summer Olympics that gave us “Phelps Face,” Aly Raisman’s parents and a triple-triple?  A “Best Of” montage, of course!


The Opening and Closing Ceremony

Probably don’t need to see Giselle walk that long of a runway ever again and I would settle for an abbreviated version of the Parade of Nations, but these ceremonies are always so fun to watch.  May we all remember the flag-bearer from Tonga for the rest of our days.


Gold AND Silver in the Women’s All Around Gymnastics Final

I think we all knew Simone Biles would win gold and don’t get me wrong, I was so excited when she did, but Aly Raisman’s silver-medal performance almost made me cry.  Her routine was flawless and seeing her get so emotional afterwards was so moving.


Katie Ledecky Can’t Be Beat

Michael Phelps is retired and it’s girl power time!  Was Katie’s confidence in and out of the pool inspirational or what??  Watching her swim that 800m, finish WAY before any one else AND beat her own World Record was exhilarating!

Zac Efron Shows Up in Rio

I was pretty sure he was already in Rio but it turns out that was just Michael Hixon.  Part of me was embarrassed for our women’s gymnastics team’s reaction to seeing him and the other part of me knew that I’d probably react the same way.  Look, we ALL love Zac Efron, let’s just be honest.


Usain Bolt is the Best… But Seriously

Had to Google it to see if Bolt is his real last name.  It is!  How apropos.  I know I’m supposed to root for my own country, but how can you not want Usain Bolt to win gold every single time?  And he makes it look so easy.  And so fun!


All the Diving

Guys… I was super into diving this year!  I watched the prelim, semifinal and final for men’s 10m platform diving on Friday/Saturday and found myself saying things like “I cannot believe Tom Daly didn’t even make it to the final!!!” to people who didn’t even know who Tom Daly was.


Lochte v Brazil, aka “Our Idiot Brother Swimmer”

Ugh.  Please excuse our bad example of American entitlement.  I want to give Ryan Lochte the benefit of the doubt and believe that being drunk and being asked to fork over money in a language you don’t speak really would be a confusing situation, but come on now.



My love for Michael Phelps is both deep and complicated.  Ironically, I just re-read this post that I wrote in 2012 where I referred to him as our “Olympic poster child” and talked about his retirement.  So much for either of those things after getting his SECOND DUI and coming back out of retirement.  But, that DUI seemed to be a real wake up call.  He may have came in second during one race and he might have needed help pulling himself out of the pool after that relay but for real, I am SO proud of 2016 Michael Phelps.  He seemed so much more of a team player, so much better of a human being and so much happier about it all.  He truly is the GOAT!

In all seriousness, I am SO EXCITED to go to bed before 11 o’clock now that this Olympic business is over.

Best Moments of the Olympics

I know, I know, the Olympics ended days ago, or as far as my mom’s concerned, the Olympics ended after Michael Phelps’s last event.  But.  I went on vacation so I’m a little behind.  And also, I wasn’t ready to come to terms with the fact that the event I’ve been waiting four years for is… over.  I have a feeling a little reminiscing will cheer me right up.

Here were the best moments of the Olympic games.  In my opinion at least.

10. Mr. Bean at the Opening Ceremony.

Maybe it was the sangria I was drinking, but I was hysterical during the scene when he was “playing” Chariot of Fire with one hand, and checking his iPhone with the other.

9. Team USA winning the Women’s Team Final in gymnastics.

Guys, we rocked it.  And really what made this moment so amazing, was getting to see Jordyn Wieber get her gold after seeing how crushed she was to not make it to the all-around final.  But I still missed Shawn Johnson.

8. Kirani James and Oscar Pistorius exchange bibs.

Do I really need to explain?  Anyone who saw can understand how touching this moment was.

7. Danell Leyva wins bronze in the Men’s All-Around Gymnastics Final.

All these athletes are too hard on themselves, if you ask me.  They should all be proud that they even made it to the Olympics.  After seeing so many people disappointed for not winning gold, it was really nice to see someone who was happy just to medal.  That relationship he has with his dad seems super weird, though.

6. Missy Franklin domination.

She’s from my home state and she did us Coloradans proud.  And not just during the “Call Me Maybe” video.  

5. Usain Bolt is still the fastest man in that world.

It would be cooler if Usain was from the US.  And if he was less cocky, but I’ll still admit it’s pretty amazing to watch him compete.

4. Sam Mikulak hugging Yang Hak-Seon.

Sam came in 5th during the vault final, but I give him the gold for his positivity and sportsmanship.  His congratulatory hug to the Korean gold medalist was plain awesome.  And sorry guys, apparently no one else liked this moment enough to snap a picture of it.

3. The Spice Girls at the Closing Ceremony.

Because I was a girl who grew up in the 90’s.  And that should be all the explanation you need.

2. Kerri Walsh and Misty May Threepeat.

I was so happy for them when they won, and mostly because they were so happy for themselves when they won.  Did you see Misty’s celebration dance??  These two women are the true definition of partnership and every interview they did together was so precious.

1. Michael Phelps

Oh, is that not a specific moment?

Here’s the thing.  I love Michael Phelps.  He’s been America’s Olympic poster child since 2004.  We’ve watched him do our country proud in 4 separate Olympic games.  We’ve counted on him to astound us, race after race.  We’ve seen him smile, cheer, celebrate and occasionally look disappointed.  I felt like we knew him and seriously, the Olympics won’t be the same without him.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to go figure out how I can afford ticket to Rio in 2016.