The most memorable social moments from 2016 Olympics


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Rio Olympics puts spotlight on new Olympians like Simone Biles, Katie Ledecky

Strange moments like green pool and Ryan Lochte's escapade also brought questions

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Rio wasn’t a big disaster like many had predicted. It came packed with thrills and controversies that got people talking.

The games in Rio shattered several records and introduced a new generation of Olympic stars like Simone Biles, Katie Ledecky and Fu Yuanhi. Here’s a look back at some of those triumphant moments as well as the bizarre ones.


The opening ceremony introduced us to Tonga’s flag bearer, Pita Taufatofua who made quite the entry with his well-lacquered torso.

In case you missed him in the opening, he made it back for the closing ceremony in shiny fashion.