Rio 2016 shattered all records across the social media spectrum with athletes giving their everything to make it to the Mecca of sporting events.
Countries and fans rally behind their athletes who strive to attain glory for themselves and their nations. Heartwarming stories of individuals fighting the odds and making it to the top, making their respective countries proud have been streaming across social media.
Record breaking performances, drama, controversies and glory have never been in short supply during the Olympics. Rio 2016 witnessed no exceptions in that particular category as it has been trending consistently since day one.
We bring you a Twitter timeline of events from the Rio Olympics, that captured the attention of Twitter users across the globe. The highs and the lows that make the Olympic Games the greatest sporting event that every athlete aspires to perform and win at!
Refugee Olympic Team
The International Olympics Committee gave the refugees a chance to participate in the Rio Olympics. Not only did they give them something to look forward to but the chance to bring the attention of countries across the world towards their plight. For the first time in the history, the Refugee Olympic Team is competing at the Olympics.
First ever @RefugeesOlympic set to ‘give hope’ in Rio #Olympicspic.twitter.com/i4SCyTBnzl
— Olympic Channel (@olympicchannel) August 3, 2016
Shobhaa De’s controversial opinion
Shobhaa De’s tweet criticizing the Indian contingent did not go down well with Twitter users and faced severe backlash.
Goal of Team India at the Olympics: Rio jao. Selfies lo. Khaali haat wapas aao. What a waste of money and opportunity.
— Shobhaa De (@DeShobhaa) August 8, 2016
Hijab and Beach Volleyball
As the Games commenced, the Egyptian Beach Volleyball players made the news for their unusual apparel as they played wearing full body suits and hijabs.
Interesting contrast of cultures at the Olympic Beach Volleyball game between Egypt and Italy pic.twitter.com/RrewCWs8Xd
— Hawkeye KSCS DJ (@HawkeyeOnAir) August 10, 2016
Ryan Lochte mugging incident
American swimmer Ryan Lochte shocked the world when he claimed he was mugged in the city of Rio De Janeiro.
— Ryan Lochte (@RyanLochte) August 14, 2016
Michael Phelps beaten by his own fan
Joseph Schooling, the bespectacled little kid from Singapore who met his idol in 2008 truly made his idol proud when 8 years later, he beat Phelps to take the Olympic Gold.
How @joschooling learned from then beat his hero @MichaelPhelpshttps://t.co/FBSEaYX33E#josephschoolingpic.twitter.com/ND5PSIhkoH
— Roger James Hamilton (@rogerhamilton) August 13, 2016
Michael Phelps : The most decorated Olympian in history?
Michael Phelps claimed his 23rd Olympic Gold to chisel his name into the history books forever.
Well done! We just witnessed history #MichaelPhelps#congrats?????pic.twitter.com/kv2OY1KZ0Z
— Desiree Pabon (@Desiree4MVA2016) August 14, 2016
Dipa Karmakar and a billion hopes
After the dismal performance of the Indian contingent caused much pain to the entire nation, Dipa Karmakar made a biliion people smile and a billion people pray for India’s first medal at Rio. Twitter users rallied behind the Tripura born gymnast who was the only gymnast to represent India at Rio.
So so close Dipa! Will always be proud of you. You give hope to many young people who dare to dream!#DipaKarmakar#Rio2016
— Boman Irani (@bomanirani) August 14, 2016
Congratulations #DipaKarmakar you have made your country and your people proud Jai hind ?!
— yuvraj singh (@YUVSTRONG12) August 15, 2016
Usain Bolt being Usain Bolt
The world’s fastest man did the unthinkable when he smiled for a picture mid-race and still won!
When you’re in the middle of a 100m sprint and remember you need a new profile pic for your Facebook…#boltpic.twitter.com/WJVEFhLyjv
— plexinfo (@tweetplexinfo) August 15, 2016
Ellen DeGeneres accused of being racist
The popular TV show host and celebrity tweeted a picture of herself on Usain Bolt’s back which did not go down well with Twitter users who accused her of being racist. Ellen later clarified she did not mean to offend anyone and she is far from being racist.
This is how I’m running errands from now on. #Rio2016pic.twitter.com/gYPtG9T1ao
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) August 15, 2016
Sakshi Malik brings reprieve, wins India’s first medal at Rio
After Dipa Karmakar, the hopes of a billion people rested on the shoulders of wrestler Sakshi Malik and she made us proud, winning a bronze medal in the Women’s Freestyle Wrestling competition 58kg category.
Here comes the first!Thank you & congratulations #SakshiMalik!You’re the reason for a billion smiles today?#Rio2016pic.twitter.com/k0ZA1mxL2e
— Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) August 18, 2016
Virender Sehwag and Amitabh Bachchan’s cheeky tweets
Shobhaa De’s unsavory comments about Indian athletes did not go down well with a lot of people, and when Sakshi Malik won the Bronze medal for Freestyle Wrestling, Virender Sehwag and Amitabh Bachchan hit two birds with one stone, congratulating Sakshi and politely taking a dig at Shobhaa De’s ‘selfie remark’.
Bilkul , isliye Shobha Na De aise kaam nahi karne chahiye https://t.co/LDyEPGRQI1
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) August 18, 2016
You thought only @virendersehwag can troll. Trolling level of Shahenshah of Bollywood, Bachchan Sahab @SrBachchan..?pic.twitter.com/De3L9Pl9oT
— Jitendra Jain (@iam_Jitu) August 18, 2016
Anand Mahindra made hay while the medal shined
Anand Mahindra congratulated Sakshi Malik on her grand achievement, promoted his brand Mahindra and rewarded the young athlete all in a day’s work.
I think she deserves a Mahindra Thar. But we will probably be accused of jumping on a brand bandwagon!! https://t.co/U9ehCx0hKb
— anand mahindra (@anandmahindra) August 18, 2016
Well then let me see how many people are willing to tweet #Tharfor Sakshi to me and I’ll treat it as a referendum! https://t.co/kvJBodVfN1
— anand mahindra (@anandmahindra) August 18, 2016
Ryan Lochte retracts his claim of being mugged
#DonkeyOfTheDay goes to #RyanLochte for lying about being robbed in Rio in order to cover up an altercation. ?https://t.co/d6DvoQR6v6
— REVOLT TV (@RevoltTV) August 19, 2016
P.V. Sindhu enters the Badminton event finals
P.V.Sindhu raised India’s hopes for a first Gold medal this Olympics by entering the finals of the Badminton event.
Twitter is abuzz with wishes for #PVSindhu as she storms into women’s singles #badminton final #Olympics@Pvsindhu1pic.twitter.com/UNwXGD9eA9
— NDTV (@ndtv) August 18, 2016
The nation comes together to wish P.V.Sindhu luck
Sand art by Sudarsan Pattnaik, wishing #PVSindhu ‘All the best’ for today’s finals at #Rio2016#badmintonpic.twitter.com/pNXQWxgts4
— EconomicTimes (@EconomicTimes) August 19, 2016
Saina Nehwal shoots down troll with grace
After an internet troll tried to ridicule Saina Nehwal for crashing out of the Olympics with an injury, she showed class by responding to him with in a polite manner.
Sure thank u ?Sindhu is doing really well ?India is doing really https://t.co/7Sf2rztear
— Saina Nehwal (@NSaina) August 18, 2016
It was one rollercoaster event with lots of highs and a few lows but, the Olympics never cease to disappoint us in anyway. The Games are yet to be concluded and we are sure there will be lots of exciting incidents to tweet about!