Rio de Janeiro 2016 was not the outright disaster that many gloom-and-doom prognosticators proclaimed it was going to be. In fact, there were a lot of great moments to take away from these 16 days. But South America's first Olympics, like every other Games before it, had its share of lowlights to go along with the highs. Here are some of the worst.
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Whether it's due to high ticket prices, fear or indifference, whole rows of empty seats were seen all over Rio Olympic venues, like this soccer match between the Honduras and Algeria.
Green diving water
Much has been made of the water at the Maria Lenk Aquatics Stadium diving pool, which seemingly turned an unsightly green overnight ... and stayed that way. Water officials copped it to an accidental change in alkalinity before draining one of the pools altogether.
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The 32-year-old, who dyed his hair a shocking "ice blue" for his fourth Games, became an Olympic highlight for all the wrong reasons. After a less-than-stellar showing in the pool (fifth in the 4x100 IM, only medaling in a relay), Lochte really made waves outside of it, claiming he was robbed at gunpoint at a gas station — only to have Brazilian police refute that he was drunk and vandalized the gas station bathroom. Not a great look.
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Lochte business aside, Rio had had its share of robbery reports, both in the Athletes' Village and beyond.
It was bad enough when Sweden knocked the USWNT out of medal contention — the first time the U.S. women's team has failed to medal in Olympic soccer history. But Zika-fearing goalie Hope Solo proclaiming the USWNT lost to "a bunch of cowards" crossed into sour grapes.
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While streams and tweets helped unify the Olympic experience, the internet also was quick to tear down athletes they didn't agree with. Three-time gold medal winner Gabby Douglas, for one, has opened up about the "hurtful" social media comments hurled at her for perceived actions during the Rio Games.
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After finishing second to Usain Bolt in the 100 meters, American Gatlin, returning to competition after a doping ban, slowed at the end of his 200-meter semifinal heat and ended up missing out on his chance to face Bolt again in the final. Not quite the Olympic comeback the 34-year-old had hoped.
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The spectre of doping loomed large despite the IOC's efforts to crack down prior to the Rio. And its effects were felt on the field itself during competition, like in the boos that athletes like Justin Gatlin and Russia's Yulia Efimova (pictured at right with Lilly King) — both of whom served doping bans — received during these Games.
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Paralympics funds cut
Low ticket sales, overrun costs, a Brazilian recession and a decision to bolster security in the wake of international terror attacks have forced severe budget cuts on the Rio Paralympic Games. Without funds from the organizing committee, which would help national Paralympic organizations with costs such as travel and uniforms, whole countries may not be able to compete in the Games, which are set to start on Sept. 7.
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Politics spilled onto the judo mat when Egypt's Islam El Shehaby (right) refused to shake Israel's Or Sasson's hand after a match. The IOC called the action "contrary to the rules of fair play and against the spirit of friendship embodied in the Olympic values" and sent El Shehaby home.