In the end, the Rio gas station controversy was a perfect storm. It played into Brazil’s concern that their country is stereotyped as a crime-ridden, second tier nation. And it hit on US concerns that the world might realize that Ryan Lochte is American. In the end, there was a small payoff, a weird trail of questions, and Lochte finally said, “Me Sorry.”

+ The Ringer: The hypnotic ecstasy and brutal reality of the dissonance-inducing Rio Olympic Games.

+ Quartz: The Rio athletes who fell and picked themselves up again. (See? It’s OK if not everyone who participates gets a trophy!)

+ And as Rio coverage finally comes to a close, a BBC reporter assures us that the two people in the background aren’t humping.