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16 Best and Worst Olympic Moments From Summer Games

From Phelps and Bolt going out on top to Nikki Hamblin’s act of kindness and too much Ryan Lochte

There was a lot more talk than usual heading into this year's Olympics, and for good reason. From the Zika scare that created somewhere in the region of 160,000 known cases in Brazil before the games even began to general safety concerns, many believed Rio was ill-equipped to host the 2016 Summer Olympics – hence the birth of the much-used hashtag, #RioProblems.

Nevertheless, Rio went on to surpass just about everyone's expectations over the last few weeks and gave us moments we will never forget in true Olympic fashion. Sure, the opening ceremony wasn’t as glamorous as we've come to expect there were a few scary mishaps along the way, green pools and a whole lot of Ryan Lochte, but there was also no shortage of highlights throughout these games.

With that in mind, let’s look at  moments in particular that stood out from the crowd.

Ibtihaj Muhammad

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Best: Ibtihaj Muhammad Makes History

It's no surprise that Ibtihaj Muhammad almost edged out Michael Phelps as the flag-bearer for the United States in the opening ceremony. Not only did she become the first American athlete ever to wear hijab at the Olympics, she also became the first American to win a medal while wearing a hijab when she helped Team USA defeat Italy for the bronze medal in the women's sabre. Beyond her Olympic success, Muhammad is fully aware of her impact on a global scale and is excited to "challenge the stereotypes and misconceptions people have about Muslim women."

Worst: Injuries

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Worst: Injuries

Unfortunately, injuries tend to come with the territory in sporting events of an Olympic scale. Throughout these games, we saw French gymnast Samir Ait Said snap his leg in a way all too familiar to Team USA's Paul George, Dutch cyclist Annemiek van Vleuten suffer a concussion and three cracks in her spine following a scary crash in the women’s road race and Australian wrestler Talgat Ilyasov dislocate his elbow in the men's freestyle competition. There was plenty more where all that came from, too.

Nikki Hamblin

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Best: Nikki Hamblin’s Ultimate Act of Kindness

For giving up on her chance to medal by helping Abbey D'Agostino in the middle of the 5000-meter qualifier, New Zealand's Nikki Hamblin leaves Rio with perhaps the most prestigious honor of them all: The Pierre de Coubertin medal, which is reserved for those who best demonstrate the Olympic spirit and has only been awarded 17 times since it was inaugurated in 1964. I guess this means nice people don't always finish last, huh?

Ryan Lochte has issued an apology for fabricated Rio robbery story.