Celebrity 7 Moments from Rio That Make Us Want to Take Up Swimming The Olympics may be over, but we're still obsessing over these photos of U.S. swimmers, which make us want to jump in the pool A.S.A.P. By Maria Yagoda Published on August 31, 2016 11:00 AM Share Tweet Pin Email Trending Videos 01 of 07 WHEN KATIE LEDECKY BEASTED THE WOMEN'S 800M FREESTYLE FINAL Adam Pretty/Getty Can you imagine being so fast that other Olympic swimmers are several seconds behind you? Ledecky knows the feeling well – she scooped the gold for the 800-meter freestyle final and set a new world record for the event. 02 of 07 WHEN LEDECKY SAW THAT SHE'D WON THE EVENT Vaughn Ridley/Getty That face of pure joy = pure gold. 03 of 07 WHEN MICHAEL PHELPS HELPED HIS TEAM WIN THE MENS 4X100M MEDLEY RELAY William Volcov/Brazil Photo Press/LatinContent/Getty In his last-ever Olympic race, Phelps ended on a high note while competing the butterfly leg of the relay, earning him his 28th medal overall. In the stands, his fiancée Nicole Johnson and son, 3-month-old Boomer, were his most vocal cheerleaders. 04 of 07 WHEN CODY MILLER, RYAN MURPHY AND PHELPS WAITED FOR NATHAN ADRIAN Amin Mohammad Jamali/Getty The suspense was intense as Adrian finished his breaststroke leg, securing the U.S.'s gold in the relay. 05 of 07 WHEN THE U.S. WOMEN's 4X200M FREESTYLE TEAM WAS TRUE #SQUADGOALS GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Still dripping with pool water, Allison Schmitt, Maya Dirado, Leah Smith and Ledecky brought it in for a group hug to celebrate their gold. 06 of 07 WHEN RYAN MURPHY FULFILLED HIS CHILDHOOD DREAM Julio Cortez/AP The 21-year-old swimmer won his first career gold and set an Olympic record by finishing the 100-meter backstroke in 51.97 seconds. Apparently, this was always his destiny – NBC shared a handwritten note Murphy gave to his parents more than a decade ago that announced his Olympic ambitions, and it's the cutest thing ever: "I hope my swimming life continues and I become an Olympian when I grow up. I hope I will break the world records. I want to be the best swimmer in the world. THE END." 07 of 07 WHEN SIMONE MANUEL MADE HISTORY Adam Pretty/Getty In the 100-meter freestyle event, Manuel became the first African-American woman to win an individual event in Olympic swimming, and the look on her face is incredible (as is her amazingly patriotic manicure). "This medal is not just for me, it's for a bunch of people who have come before me and have been an inspiration to me. And it's for all the people after me, who believe they can't do it. I just want to be an inspiration to others that you can do it," she told NBC after the race.