Have you been watching so much Olympic coverage that you're casually dropping the words "velodrome" and "keirin" into everyday conversation? Do you find yourself reflexively looking up every 10 minutes expecting your computer screen to have sailing on it? Have you dreamed about taking a road trip with Simone Biles, Nathan Adrian and the dragon from Pete's Dragon? If so, and even if not, you'll enjoy this list about some of the most fascinating facts about the Rio Olympics (through Tuesday).
After not having won a women's all-around title at a non-boycotted Olympics for the first 52 years of the event's existence, the U.S. has now produced the last four winners: Carly Patterson (2004), Nastia Liukin (2008), Gabby Douglas (2012) and Simone Biles. Not even the Soviet Union, which last competed in an Olympics in 1988 and still has almost double the gymnastics golds as the U.S., could boast pulling off such a feat.
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An Irish boxer, robbed of a match by Olympic judges, accused Vladimir Putin of rigging the Olympics.
In 2012, American Christian Taylor won a gold in the triple jump but his career was soon in jeopardy when a degenerative knee problem in his jumping leg - his left - made it hard to jump so he had to stop. Yet Taylor still defended his gold in Rio. How? He switched his takeoff leg to his right.
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Adweek reports that the buzziest athlete of the first week of the Games wasn't Michael Phelps or Simone Biles or Usain Bolt or Kevin Durant or Katie Ledecky. Though she's hardly anonymous it was still a bit of a surprise when the woman who's now the U.S.'s most decorated gymnast - Aly Raisman - took that crown.
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There were thousands of empty seats for Usain Bolt's victory in the 100 on Sunday night, the track session that's usually the most coveted sporting ticket of the Games (ie, not including the ceremonies). Organizers say they've sold 87% of their inventory but if you look at the seats at any venue outside beach volleyball's Copacabana setup, it looks about as crowded as the upper deck at a Marlins game. It's kind of pathetic and the IOC should be embarrassed - well, more than usual.
And if that wasn't bad, Brazil is on pace to become the worst-performing host nation in Olympic history. Mexico's 1968 performance, in which the hosts won 1.7% of medals, stands as the low-water mark. Brazil, as of Tuesday morning, had won 1.3% of medals. (Comparing the number of 1968 medals to 2016 medals isn't feasible given how many more events exist today.) On the bright side, the Games have gone off (mostly) without a major hitch and, no, you should not consider journalists having transportation trouble as a major hitch.
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Pools have been a big part of my life and I've been around them since I was six - swimming, lifeguarding, coaching, whatever. I know a fair amount about pools. I mention this because it cannot be stated enough: Do you know how much effort it takes to turn a pool green? It's hard - like, balance beam hard.
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And not to pick on Brazil, but its fans have introduced something new to the Olympics: booing. Not too many folks were upset when soccer fans taunted Hope Solo, but there have been numerous other incidents that have set off alarms. One was the booing of a French pole vaulter who finished with a silver. The Brazilian gold medalist classily asked the crowd for respect. (And it made it all the weirder that Brazil had won the gold and fans still booed. Whatever.) There had also been countless interruptions during tennis matches, especially the Juan Martin Del Potro and Rafael Nadal epic, which pitted two factions of fans against one another, producing a U.S. Open-in-the-80s atmosphere that wasn't cool.
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The cowardly Swedish soccer team that beat the United States in penalty kicks in the women's quarterfinals did it again to host nation Brazil in the semis. Before the win over the U.S., no team had ever won an Olympic game on PKs before.
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Friday's gold-medal match between Sweden and Germany will be the first in Olympic history not to feature the USWNT.
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Athletes are ordering so much McDonald's at the free restaurant inside the Olympic Village that officials had to put a cap at 20 items because the lines were out the door all day and night. It's a loose cap. An athlete, such as Australian badminton player Sawan Serasinghe, is still allowed to get four packs of McNuggets, six orders of fries, six burgers, six brownies, a water and another drink (24 items), but they have to wait in line longer.
There are actually two photos of Usain Bolt's now-famous grin in the 100m semifinals, one by Cameron Spencer of Getty Images (probably the one you've seen the most - pictured here) and the other by Reuters’ Kai Pfaffenbach. The latter is slightly superior given Bolt's head position, the lighting and the fact he's zoomed in a little closer. As the Wall Street Journal describes, "Spencer shot his using a shutter speed of 1/40th of a second, while Pfaffenbach took his at 1/50th [...] a difference of .005 seconds."
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The three most decorated Olympians at the Games are all Americans: Michael Phelps (five gold, one silver), Katie Ledecky (four gold, one silver) and Simone Biles (four gold, one bronze).
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Speaking of the pool, Phelps became the oldest man to ever win an individual swimming gold when he took the 200 fly last week. He'd only become the second man in his 30s to stand on top of the podium. Then, a few days later, that mark was shattered when Anthony Ervin, 35, won the 50 freestyle. He also won gold (or tied for it) in 2000. That 16-year gap was the longest ever for a swimming gold medalist.
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Excepting the 2004 team that "won" a bronze medal, NBA players on Team USA have never played three straight games in which they won by 10 points or less, a streak that's ongoing as of Tuesday night. However, the 2000 team won games by 2 and 20 while the 2012 team won games of 5 and 7 points at varying stages of the tournament. That 2004 team, by the way, lost more games (3) than Team USA has in the history of Olympic basketball (two, but really one if you don't accept that 1972 gold-medal game result, which you shouldn't).
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Devon Allen, the University of Oregon junior wide receiver, finished an impressive fifth in the 110m hurdles on Tuesday night, finishing just 0.07 seconds out of the medals. He was hoping to become the first athlete to play in the Rose Bowl and win an Olympic medal but, regardless, has a bright future in either of his sports. The hurdles were a big disappointment to Team USA, however. In the 27 Olympic hurdle competitions ever entered by the U.S., they'd medaled in all 27 and won gold in 20. This was the first time an American flag wouldn't hang in the medal ceremony.
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On the final throw of her Olympics, Michelle Carter threw her shot put just past the mark of two-time reigning gold medalist Valerie Adams. The U.S. had only won one medal in the event - a bronze by Earlene Brown in 1960 - making Carter's gold all the more impressive.
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American steeplechaser Emma Coburn became the first U.S. woman to win a medal in the event with a bronze on Tuesday. But, hilariously, she seemed far more excited to meet Al Michaels than she did to stand on the podium. During NBC's afternoon coverage, Coburn made her way to Copacabana to get interviewed by the legendary sportscaster. The 25-year-old told Michaels that his call of the Miracle on Ice (which happened 10 years before she was born) was an inspiration to her. "I grew up playing hockey and you are like a god to me," she told him. "You’re like a hero to me. I am so star struck right now." She then said Michaels was a "big reason of why I'm here." It was sweet and awesome, though she really missed an opportunity to ask Michaels about those mysterious Carrie Underwood commercials.
When you take away the boycotted Games of 1980 and 1984, Team USA is on pace for the biggest medal blowout since the 1948 Olympics. But, hey, we still have five days left.