Blood, sweat and tears were shed as athletes gave their all to claim glory for their countries over the past two weeks at the Rio 2016 Olympics. These athletes were a joy to watch, and also a pleasure to hear from as they reflected openly on their thoughts and feelings.
The Straits Times presents 10 most memorable quotes from the Rio Games.
Joseph Schooling, after winning Singapore's first Olympic gold medal in the men's 100m butterfly.
Simone Manuel, who won two golds and two silvers. She became the first African American woman to win an Olympic gold medal in an individual swimming event when she tied for first place in the 100m freestyle final with Canada's Penny Oleksiak, setting a new Olympic record in the process.
Usain Bolt, after he won the 200m sprint gold medal. The Jamaican sprinter also picked up the 100m gold medal at the Rio Games.
He Zi, on accepting a proposal from team-mate Qin Kai after winning silver in the 3m springboard.
Yusra Mardini, recounting her struggles. The refugee's flee from Syria included a treacherous sea crossing from Turkey to Greece. The 18-year-old Syrian won her first race in Rio - the 100m butterfly heat.
Simone Biles, the American gymnastic sensation who won four golds and a bronze.
Kyle Chalmers, Australia's 100m freestyle champion, on meeting his idol, American basketballer Kevin Durant, in Rio.
Henrik Stenson, Swedish major champion, who poked a small crocodile with a wedge at the Olympic golf course.
Michael Phelps, the most medalled Olympian of all time who scooped up five golds and one silver this Games and has said that he will not be back for the next Olympics.
Mario Andrada, Rio Olympics executive communications director, addressing the audience at a news conference.