Inside the petite, powerful, gravity-defying, awe-inspiring body that has vaulted its way into American sports lore is a human being. Being reminded of that makes the past achievements all the more amazing. Simone Biles withdraws from gymnastics final to protect team, self. “We also have to focus on ourselves, because at the end of the day we’re human, too. So, we have to protect our mind and our body, rather than just go out there and do what the world wants us to do.” (Simone, when you win, we’re happy for you. When you lose, we’re bummed for you. And when you describe stress and anxiety, we can relate.)

+ “It’s been really stressful, this Olympic Games. It’s been a long week, it’s been a long Olympic process, it’s been a long year. I think we’re just a little bit too stressed out. But we should be out here having fun — and sometimes that’s not the case.”

+ Flora Duffy claims historic first gold for Bermuda in the triathlon. Her run was amazing.

+ “There are moments at an Olympics that change a life. There are moments at an Olympics that redefine a town. And there are moments at an Olympics that make you say, ‘That’s why I watch. That’s why I came. That’s what it’s about.'” WaPo: Lydia Jacoby, 17-year-old bluegrass musician, delivers the most stirring upset of the Olympics.

+ Sadly, the last memory about these Olympic games could be the element that stays with us for a long time. The Tokyo Games Could End Up Being The Hottest Summer Olympics Ever.