Olympic firsts during Rio 2016
History at the Olympic games
Is there a love triangle brewing?
The history of the Olympic games goes back to the start of the Modern Olympics over a century ago in 1896. If you want to be a real Olympic purist, Olympic history began in 776 BC and ended in 393 AD. That is over 1000 years of achievements, accolades and glory.
With so many years of competition in the books, firsts are rare to come by. Kind of.
Despite centuries of competition, the Rio Games were the site of many firsts in Olympics. The games themselves were the first Olympics held in the South America in the competition’s long history.
That isn’t the first break from tradition that these games have seen. For the first time, flowers were not given to medal winners. Instead, they were given a little model of the Rio Olympic Logo for a more sustainable souvenir.
All of the athletes participating in Rio have reached one goal or another getting there, but only few will be remembered for eternity for being the first to achieve something that had never been achieved before by a fellow countrymen or Olympic competitor.
Here are some of the firsts of the Rio Games:
Vietnam’s first gold – Xuan Vinh Hoang 10-meter air pistol
Kosovo’s first medal – Majlinda Kelmendi, gold in judo
Fiji’s first medal – gold rugby
First swimmer to win four consecutive individual events: Michael Phelps, 200-meter individual medley
First track athlete to win 100-meter sprint three times: Usain Bolt
First track athlete to win 200-meter sprint three times: Usain Bolt
First gold competing under the Olympic flag – Fehaid Al-Deehani gold men’s trap shooting
First African-American woman swimmer to win an individual medal – Simone Manuel 100-meter freestyle
First U.S. athlete to compete with a Hijab – Ibtihaj Muhammad, Fencing
First U.S. Gold in Triathlon – Gwen Jorgensen
First sweep of women’s 100-meter hurdles: USA
First hole in one in Olympic golf history: Justin Rose Great Britain
First Summer Olympian to win individual medal in six consecutive Olympics – Kim Rhode
First Olympian to win on five different continents – Kim Rhode
First Shootout Women’s Olympic Soccer – USA vs. Sweden
First Olympics in South America
First Olympics without flower bouquets
First soccer gold for Brazil
First Refugee Team
South Sudan First Olympics
Kosovo First Olympics
First time American women didn’t medal in soccer
"He's even more gorgeous in person!" Biles noted then.
It seems the exchange isn't sitting too well with gymnast Mariano, especially after the two engaged in a joking social media love fest during the Games, with Mariano calling her "My babe."
"Congrats BABE! You are doing an amazing job here at the Olympics," Mariano captioned an Instagram photo of he and Biles hugging and kissing their medals.
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