Olympics: 10 most memorable quotes from Rio 2016

Athletes at the Rio Games gave some pretty memorable quotes.
Athletes at the Rio Games gave some pretty memorable quotes.PHOTO: AFP, REUTERS

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.


Singapore's Joseph Schooling reacts after finishing first in the men's 100m butterfly final. PHOTO: AFP

Joseph Schooling, after winning Singapore's first Olympic gold medal in the men's 100m butterfly.


Simone Manuel of the USA is emotional during the victory ceremony for the women's 100m freestyle. PHOTO: AFP

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.


Jamaica's Usain Bolt competes alongside other sprinters in the men's 200m final. PHOTO: AFP

Usain Bolt, after he won the 200m sprint gold medal. The Jamaican sprinter also picked up the 100m gold medal at the Rio Games.

China's He Zi (right) received a marriage proposal from Chinese Olympic diver Qin Kai after her medal ceremony.
China's He Zi (right) received a marriage proposal from Chinese Olympic diver Qin Kai after her medal ceremony. PHOTO: REUTERS

He Zi, on accepting a proposal from team-mate Qin Kai after winning silver in the 3m springboard.

Refugee Olympic Team's Yusra Mardini takes part in the women's 100m butterfly heat.
Refugee Olympic Team's Yusra Mardini takes part in the women's 100m butterfly heat. PHOTO: AFP

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 during the medal ceremony at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
Simone Biles during the medal ceremony at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. PHOTO: REUTERS

Simone Biles, the American gymnastic sensation who won four golds and a bronze.

Australia’s Kyle Chalmers celebrates after he won the men’s 100m freestyle final.
Australia’s Kyle Chalmers celebrates after he won the men’s 100m freestyle final.  PHOTO: AFP

Kyle Chalmers, Australia's 100m freestyle champion, on meeting his idol, American basketballer Kevin Durant, in Rio. 

Henrik Stenson of Sweden at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games men's golf tournament.
Henrik Stenson of Sweden at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games men's golf tournament. PHOTO: EPA

Henrik Stenson, Swedish major champion, who poked a small crocodile with a wedge at the Olympic golf course.

Gold medallist USA's Michael Phelps, reacts after the men's swimming 4x100m medley relay final.
Gold medallist USA's Michael Phelps, reacts after the men's swimming 4x100m medley relay final. PHOTO: AFP

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.

Olympics communications director Mario Andrada speaks at a news conference in Rio.
Olympics communicatons director Mario Andrada speaks at a news conference in Rio. PHOTO: REUTERS

Mario Andrada, Rio Olympics executive communications director, addressing the audience at a news conference.