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.
Winning isn't everything. As these athletes and fans make clear, it's about the shared experiences they're all going through and the handshakes and hugs say it all about the shared respect that exists between them.
Perhaps no combination of sporting events more epitomizes the Olympic games than those competed in on the track and field. From running to jumping to throwing, these athletic sports have part of the modern games since 1896.
Brazil avenged for their 7-1 semifinal defeat at the 2014 World Cup against Germany as the beat the Germans 5-4 on penalties to claim gold and send the country into ecstasy. For the first time in Olympic history, the German women's soccer team came out on top, beating Sweden 2-1 and claiming gold.
We're in the home stretch, just three days away from closing out the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games. The story of the second week has been Usain Bolt, whose superhuman speed has carried him aloft to yet more gold medals!
Her partner Misty May-Treanor may have retired, but that hasn't stopped Kerri Walsh Jennings, gold medal winner at the 2012 London Olympics, from picking up a new teammate in April Ross and challenging for top honors on the sands of Copacabana beach.
It's not just Team USA's 'Final Five' that's competing for gymnastics gold at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio; athletes, both men and women from around the world, are leaping, bounding and round-housing their way through the competition.
Michael Phelps took home his 20th and 21st career gold medals, winning the 200m butterfly and 4x200m freestyle relay, while compatriot Katie Ledecky picked up her third medal of the Games, as the swimming competition powered forward at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
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