Best of Rio 2016 Summer Olympics: The fans (24 images)

It's safe to say that without the fans, you lose the electricity in the stadium and the event just isn't the same. Here's a look at the fans cheering on and consoling the athletes competing at the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics.
Updated: Aug. 23, 2016 at 12:50 PM
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Fans of the Chinese women's table tennis team call out to the players after they defeated Germany in the Women's Team Table Tennis gold medal match in Riocentro Pavilion 3 at the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on August 16, 2016. China defeated Germany in three matches to win the gold. Photo by Matthew Healey/UPI
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Former World Boxing Champion Floyd Mayweather (R) takes photos during a break in the action between the USA vs Argentina Men's Quarterfinal basketball game at the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, August 17, 2016. The U.S. won 105-78 and is looking to repeat with a Gold Medal after winning in Beijing (2008) and London (2012). Photo by Mike Theiler/UPI
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Baltimore Ravens football fans watching large screen televisions cheer for hometown Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps in his 200M Individual Medley final where he won the gold medal during the second half of an NFL preseason game at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland, August 11, 2016. Photo by David Tulis/UPI
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Australia's Liu Jia is hugged by fans after losing her match to Singapore's Feng Tianwei during at the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, August 8, 2016. Photo by Kevin Dietsch/UPI
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Spanish fans show their support for their basketball team before the start of the Women's Basketball gold medal game against the United States in the Carioca Arena 1 at the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on August 20, 2016. Photo by Richard Ellis/UPI
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Nathan Adrian of the USA celebrates with swimming fans after his bronze medal in the Men's 100M Freestyle at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium at the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on August 10, 2016. Photo by Richard Ellis/UPI.
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Thai weightlifting fans yell at Women's 63 Kg Weightlifting at the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, August 9, 2016. The encouragement went for naught as Siripuch Gulnoi failed to lift in the clean & jerk. Photo by Terry Schmitt/UPI
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