Here's our alternative A-Z of Rio 2016


Doesn't time fly when you're having fun? The Olympics are over and now we don't know how to live with the withdrawal.

Let's remember the glory one more time.

A is for alternative commentator

American broadcaster NBC has received criticism throughout the Olympics for comments made by its presenters, so comedian Leslie Jones decided to do her own.

Her videos and tweets proved so popular that NBC flew her out to Rio to join their commentary team!

B is for beef...

... between Michael Phelps and Chad le Clos.

The face Phelps pulled in annoyance at le Clos' showboating quickly became a meme which spread far and wide, and represented angry people everywhere.

C is for controversy

From Jack Burnell's open water swimming disqualification to security having to be called after Iranian weightlifter Behdad Salimikordasiabi's lift was ruled invalid, it's been a tense couple of weeks in Rio.

Ireland's Michael John Conlan gestures after losing a men's bantamweight (Jae C. Hong/AP)

However, Michael Conlan's epic rant against the AIBA after his quarter-final boxing loss to Vladimir Nikitin takes the award for most outrageous controversy.

He accused the sport's governing body of corruption, and a short while after, the organisation removed some referees and judges from the panel.

D is for derny

Ivo Siebert, 35, an owner of a bike shop in southern Brazil, sets the pace on an electric bike for the men's keirin (Robert F. Bukaty/AP)

The derny (motorised bike) appeared to be the reason for two false starts in the Men's keirin race, as cyclists inadvertently overtook it before it had properly exited the track.

E is for empty seats

Empty seats in a Rio stadium (Owen Humphreys/PA)

The Games have not achieved the levels of popularity with the home crowd as London did. Political unrest and a troubled economy could be behind the lack of bums on seats.

F is for fifteen...

... the age of Chinese diver Ren Qian, who won gold with some phenomenal diving in the 10m platform. She didn't score below 9.5 on any of her three dives, but was still unhappy with her performance.

She told the BBC: "I did pretty well, but not really so perfect, according to my expectations."

G is for Gisele Bundchen

Model Gisele Bundchen walks on stage (David Goldman/AP)

The model performed an epic catwalk across the length of the stadium as part of the opening ceremony.

H is for happy couple

Laura Trott, left, and her fiance Jason Kenny, right, both of Britain, pose with their gold medals (Patrick Semansky/AP)

Cyclist couple Laura Trott and Jason Kenny now hold a total of 10 medals between them; six for Kenny, four for Trott. Their success at Rio has spawned speculation about whether their future children will be unbeatable cyclists.

I is for internet gold

It's been an incredible games for Usain Bolt, not only because of his incredible performance on the track.

From his bromance with Andre De Grasse to THAT smile as he decimated the field in his 100m semi-final, he's gone viral time and time again.

J is for junk food

A McDonalds restaurant sign (Rui Vieira/PA)

Athletes from all over the world were queueing out the door for the free McDonald's restaurant in the athletes village.

K is for Keep calm and carry on

German cyclist Kristina Vogel won the women's sprint gold medal, even though her seat fell off.

L is for legal...

Shaunae Miller of the Bahamas (lane 7) dives across the finish line  (AP)

...It may have looked odd, but Shaunae Miller's dive across the finish line to grasp gold was completely legit.

M is for Mo Farah

Mo Farah bites his gold medal (Owen Humphreys/PA)

Britain's greatest track Olympian, Mo FELL OVER and still managed to smash the 10,000m race. He won two golds during the Rio Olympics, cementing his place at the top of long distance track running.

N is for nosebleed

(Patrick Semansky/AP)

Kristin Armstrong battled through a nosebleed and torrential rain to win gold in the Olympic cycling individual time trial in a time of 44 minutes, 26.42 seconds.

O is for Olympic spirit

New Zealand's Nikki Hamblin and United States' Abbey D'Agostino (David J. Phillip/AP)

New Zealand's Nikki Hamblin and United States' Abbey D'Agostino took a tumble during the 5000m heats. Instead of racing off, D'Agostino helped Hamblin up in a lovely display of the Olympic spirit.

P is for petrol station...

(Mauro Pimentel/AP)

...where US swimmers Ryan Lochte, Gunnar Bentz and Jack Conger claimed they were robbed. Lochte was later forced to apologise when information from the police suggested his story may not have been 100% accurate.

Q is for queue

Queues outside the beach volleyball stadium (AP)

The first few days of the Olympics saw part-empty stadiums as fans complained of prolonged security checks at venues.

R is for Refugee

Rose Lokonyen Nathike carries the flag of Refugee Olympic Team during the opening ceremony (Jae C. Hong/PA)

For the first time ever, the IOC recognised displaced peoples.

S is for Simone Biles

Simone Biles holds up her one of her gold medals (Rebecca Blackwell/AP)

An absolute class act, Biles has collected four golds and one bronze. She's the queen of gymnastics!

T is for triathlon

The Brownlee brothers running. Alistair leads(Mike Egerton/PA)

The Brownlee brothers have done it again. Alistair defended his gold medal from 2012 and Jonny took the silver. Both finished far in front of the pack.

U is for underdog

Monica Puig, of Puerto Rico, tosses her racquet and celebrates after winning the gold medal (Charles Krupa/AP)

Monica Puig was ranked outside the top 20 at the beginning of the tournament. She is now the proud owner of a gold Olympic medal, her country's first in over 60 years.

V is for very green pool

Ken Terauchi practices at the green diving pool (AP/PA)

Overnight the Olympic diving pool went from a beautiful azure blue to a murky green, prompting confusion and speculation.

It turns out there was a chemical imbalance in the pool which allowed algae to grow. It was sorted out by the end though!

W is for Whale

Ethiopian swimmer Robel Kiro Habte was given the rather unkind moniker of 'The Whale' on social media after finishing last in his 100m freestyle heat.

X is for x-rated

Different brands of condoms (Niall Carson/PA)

This Olympics seems to have been the steamiest yet. A number of athletes have been seen on dating apps, and the organisers of the Games ensured they all stayed safe by providing 450,000 free condoms.

Y is for youngest

Amy Tinkler does the splits in the air (Dmitri Lovetsky/AP)

Sixteen-year-old Amy Tinkler secured a bronze in the gymnastics floor competition. To bring her back down to earth, she'll pick up her GCSE results on the 25th August.

Z is for zoo animal

The torch relay didn't come to a graceful end in Rio. A jaguar ended up being shot as it escaped its handlers at a ceremony.