The 2016 Rio Olympic Games came to an end in Rio de Janeiro, marking the closing of the Olympic games till 2020. The ceremony went on for almost 3 hours, with carnival-inspired performances, using vibrant colors and art.

Over 11,300 athletes from 206 nations competed over 16 days to get as many medals as possible for their country. The US secured the most amount of medals- 121 medals 46 gold, 37 silver, and 38 bronze. Followed by Great Britain with 27 gold, 23 silver, 17 bronze and China with 26 gold, 18 silver, and 26 bronze.

 Medal Standings

Closing Ceremony

View the pictures from Rio Olympics 2016 Closing Ceremony below:

Image Courtesy: AFP Carnival-Themed performances at The Maracana




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Image Courtesy: AFP Fireworks display during closing ceremony


Athlete Shoes
Athletes brightened the arena with funky footwear
Great Britain Rower, Helen Glover, excited to enter the arena
Izabel Goulart
Image Courtesy: AFP Brazilian Model, Izabel Goulart, became a part of the ceremony
Image Courtesy: Getty Images Tonga Man, Pita Taufatofua, who took over the internet during the opening ceremony once again made a ‘slick’ appearance during the closing ceremony
Image Courtesy: Getty Images, US Gymnast, Simone Biles, honored with the opportunity to carry USA’s flag after securing 4 gold medals
Image Courtesy: AFP Athletes enjoying the closing ceremony despite the unpredictable bad weather
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Mariene de Costa performs as the flames start to extinguish
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Top Athletes

Every single athlete gave everything they had to perform like never before in the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, however, some of them left everyone else behind:

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Tokyo Olympics 2020

Towards the end of the traditional Olympic ceremony, Rio’s Mayor, Edwardo Paes returned the Olympic flag to IOC’s President Bach, who then handed the flag to Tokyo’s Governor, Yuriko Koike. This was followed by a 12-minute showcase of Tokyo, including a surprise by Prime Minister Abe.

Image Courtesy: Getty Images, Tokyo Governor received Olympic Flag for Tokyo Games 2020

It is an Olympic tradition for the host country to display a showcase so that the audience, athletes, and all sports lovers can get a gist of what lies ahead in 2020.

After watching Mario transform into PM Abe, vice-versa, it will be safe to say we can expect more iconic characters in the coming years, including Pac-Man, Doraemon, and other manga characters.


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The Tokyo games will feature 5 new sporting events, including Baseball/softball, Karate, Skateboarding, Sports Climbing, and Surfing. The slogan for the games is “Discover Tomorrow” and the logo was created by designer Asao Tokolo and inspired by traditional Japanese motifs. Tokyo last hosted the games in 1964, the first to be held in Asia.

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