The Real MVPs of the Rio Olympics
On Tuesday, Simone Biles won her fourth gold medal at the Rio Olympic Games, in the gymnastics floor final … and then, impossibly, her day got even better: she finally got to meet her celebrity crush, Zac Efron. Cheers to Efron for making dreams come true and flying down to Rio to give Biles a much-deserved kiss.
While competing in the men's team and individual all-around qualifying events, British gymnast Louis Smith proudly rocked a man bun. "I haven't seen anyone else with this hairstyle before," he told the Wall Street Journal, "and it's nice to be different." French basketball player Antoine Diot also wore a man bun to Rio despite his loved ones' pleas. "Everyone's telling me to cut it off," Diot told WSJ.a 'But I wouldn't cut it off for anything in the world."
Soon after Australia won its first-ever women's rugby Olympic gold on Monday, this Rio volunteer entered the pitch and proposed to her girlfriend, Brazilian player Isadora Cerullo. Basically, it was a sob fest. "As soon I knew she was in the [Brazilian] squad I thought I have to make this special," Enya told the BBC. "She is the love of my life."
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ALY RAISMAN'S PARENTS
Lynn and Rick Raisman have already won the gold medal for nervousness. After gaining attention for their reactions at the London Games, the proud parents of U.S. gymnast Aly Raisman are back to squirming, grabbing, jumping and cringing in the audience as they watch their daughter perform. "I get nervous because I know what goes into it and how many hours she's prepared and how hard she is on herself, and I want her to be happy and go out there and do the best performance she can do," Lynn told PEOPLE. "So when it's over, she is happy no matter the results."
ADAM PEATY'S GRANDMOTHER
Mavis Williams, 74, is beyond proud of her swimmer grandson – and can't stop tweeting about it. "What race oooo I'm so proud he's a gladiator well done," she tweeted after Peaty broke the world record in the 100-meter breaststroke during Saturday's heats. "You don't go out as much as you do when you were younger, now do you?" she told the Associated Press on Sunday. "It's given me a new interest and kept my brain working."
The littlest Phelps is already making a splash. When it was announced on Sunday that his dad Michael would compete in that night's 4x100-meter freestyle relay – just hours before the race – he appeared in the stands with his mom and grandma, all decked out in MP gear. Sure he was likely asleep in his carrier and wearing oversized headphones, but his "go dad!!" vibes were unmistakable.
The Saturday Night Live comedian has been furiously tweeting all of the Rio games, and her coverage has been so spectacular that NBC Olympics' executive producer, Jim Bell, invited her to come join. "You're officially invited to Rio. Want to come?" he tweeted at Jones. No response yet, but we need this to happen.
THE SHIRTLESS TONGA FLAG BEARER
Pita Taufatofua – thank you so much for your service. The flag bearer for Tonga during the 2016 Opening Ceremony stole the world's collective heart as he marched shirtless (and all greased up) during the procession of the nations. While Taufatofua will compete in Taekwondo at the tail end of the Olympics, he's already a winner to us.
THE BEARER OF CONDOMS
Perhaps equally important to flag bearer is bearer of condoms, the person who goes around Athletes Village distributing condoms so athletes can stay safe during their two weeks in Rio. We salute you, sir.
HUSBAND AND COACH SHANE TUSUP
When Hungarian swimmer Katinka Hosszé shattered a world record – and won gold – in the 400-meter individual medley, her husband and coach, Shane Tusup, lost it. We hope to one day find that kind of love.
MCDONALD'S FRENCH FRIES
The day after Biles scooped the gold for floor exercise final and Aly Raisman earned the silver, the two U.S. gymnasts celebrated their strong finish to the Rio Games in the best possible way: by stuffing their medal-winning faces with McDonald's French fries and chocolate ice cream.