Did you watch NBC's recap of Olympic Highlights last night?  Did you catch any of the Closing Ceremonies?  Now that the games are finished, I have some random thoughts to share:

  • Despite all the fear of Zika, government problems, and financial issues, these Olympic games in Rio seem to be considered a success.
  • We will always remember Rio as being the place where two of the world's greatest, Michael Phelps and Usain Bolt broke records and announced their retirements.
  • When I see athletes falling, stumbling, or getting hurt, I cringe and then remember the old Olympics intro:  "The thrill of victory.  The agony of defeat."  I can only imagine that for an athlete who gets defeated or injured but then returns to do well, the thrill of victory is then probably so much sweeter.
  • Some athletes make it look so easy.  I guess that's the result of years of training and unbelievable discipline.
  • Brazil's men's team winning soccer was a joyful occasion.  With all due respect to Team USA,  there's something nice about seeing a team win in its home country.
  • Aly Raisman's parents got a lot of camera time because they sit in the stands, expressing their emotions in dramatic ways.  I think if I had a child competing, I would react in similar fashion.
  • The Zach Efron surprise lit up the USA gymnastics team and blew up social media.  Adorable.
  • It looks like everyone had a lot of fun in Brazil, where they sure know how to throw a party.

Did you enjoy this year's Olympics?  Do you think Phelps and Bolt will really retire or return for the next Summer Olympics?