By Tanya Kini
Do you remember this truly amazing moment of USA gymnast McKayla Maroney and her thrilling vault from the 2012 Games? We combed the Internet for GIFs of the Rio Olympics, and unearthed a few gems along the way.
1. Laurie Hernandez, USA gymnast sassing it up!
During the artistic gymnastics qualifiers, Hernandez managed to begin her routine in the floor exercise event with much sass — a life lesson for dealing with haters or judges.
2. Emotions run high for USA swimmer Simone Manuel on the podium
Manuel made history when she became the first black female swimmer to win an Olympic gold in the 100 m freestyle event. She also broke the Olympic record and tied for gold with Canadian Penny Oleksiak! But the true effects of her achievement were realised as she saw her country’s flag being raised during the medal ceremony.
3. Chinese swimmer Fu Yuanhui was the world’s most excited swimmer ever!
Yuanhui had the most adorable reaction when she found out that she was faster than expected, and here’s how happy she was winning the bronze in the 100 m backstroke final. You can check our some of her other reactions here.
Our swimmers are great, but Fu Yuanhui from China is easily my favorite. pic.twitter.com/7cRGRdV0yt
— Brennan Riddle (@BrennanRiddle) August 10, 2016
4. Yuanhui also snapped her swimsuit.
— Palita_Rita (@Rita_Rainy) August 8, 2016
5. Hearts going out to all of you!
Spanish weightlifter Lidia Valentin Perez, won the bronze in the women’s 75 kg category but her reaction after her final attempt is truly beautiful and too pure for this world.
(olympics 2016, lidia valentin)
post strong waifus pic.twitter.com/48hhHfrpEl
— Headpats and More (@Headpats) August 16, 2016
But of course, while we are glad and send our love to all these wonderful souls for making these GIFs, this Olympics has truly missed out on the most GIF-worthy moment ever: Lilly King vs Yulia Efimova and the eternal finger wagging!