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The most viral moments of the 2016 Olympics

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From sparking off memes to making fans angry, the 2016 Olympics has a lot of moments outside of the competition that people are talking about. Let's take a look at some of this year's most viral moments.

Chad le Clos plays mind games with Michael Phelps

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South African Chad le Clos (pictured) tried to – and failed to! – intimidate his U.S. rival Michael Phelps before the men’s 200-meter butterfly semifinal on Aug. 8. Le Clos was seen shadowboxing right in front Phelps, who was staring daggers at him. Later, after beating the South African swimmer, when asked about the dancing, Phelps said he wasn’t really looking at Le Clos. “He does his thing, I do my thing,” he said.

Tonga's hunky flag bearer steals the show 

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Ladies around the world had a collective meltdown after seeing Tonga’s flag bearer, Pita Taufatofua (pictured), during the opening ceremony. He was wearing a ta’ovala (a Tongan mat) wrapped around his waist and was oiled up. The first-time Olympian is also the first person from Tonga to compete in taekwondo.

Phelps celebrates with his son Boomer


Michael Phelps’ son Boomer stole the show when Phelps went towards the stands to kiss his little boy after collecting his medal for men's 200-meter butterfly final. His fans had a collective meltdown when they saw the father son duo cuddle. His fiance Nicole Johnson and mother was also present in the stands to support the Olympian.

Furious fans blast NBC's announcer

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Three-time World Champion and now Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles’ (R) parents were derided by Al Trautwig, NBC’s gymnastics announcer for the game. Biles and her sister were adopted by her maternal grandparents, Ron and Nellie Biles (L) in 2001 as their biological mother struggled with a drug habit. In a now-deleted tweet, he had said: “They may be mom and dad but they are NOT her parents.” Soon after that, the “Gymternet” blasted Trautwig for making the comment and #FireTrautwig started trending on Twitter.

Green pool water scares athletes


The diving pool at the Maria Lenk Aquatics Center turned bright green on Aug. 9. Before the officials blamed algae for the discoloration, there were few theories making the rounds on the internet, including the presence of oxidized copper and urine in the water. The officials have also said that the water will be blue on Aug. 10.

A selfie that brought North and South Korea together

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North Korean gymnast Hong Un-jong (L) and South Korea’s Lee Eun-ju (R) took a selfie during their training period, which was hailed as representing the spirit of the games. While some people expressed concern for Hong for she might be punished once she goes back home, others were calling it as the “most iconic photo” of the event.

Purple spots on U.S. athletes kept everyone guessing

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A number of U.S. athletes, including Michael Phelps (pictured), were seen with purple bruises over their back. After the images went viral, it was found that the marks were leftovers from “cupping” — an ancient Chinese healing practice. Practitioners place specialized cups on the skin or wherever the athlete is experiencing some discomfort and then create suction between the cup and the skin, pulling the skin away from the underlying muscle. This is supposed to help ease blood flow in the muscles, reducing soreness and speeding the healing process.

Rugby player receives marriage proposal from girlfriend  

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Brazilian rugby player Isadora Cerullo (L) received an on-field marriage proposal from girlfriend Marjorie Enya (R), who's also a manager at Deodoro Stadium. Even though Cerullo’s team finished ninth in the first-ever rugby sevens event at the Olympics, Enya cheered her up when she took heart-shaped balloons and got on the field to pop the question.

American fencer creates Olympic history

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Ibtihaj Muhammad (pictured) of USA made history by becoming the first Muslim woman from the country to compete in the Olympics in a hijab. Muhammad, who features in the 2016 list of Time's 100 Most Influential People, said: "I want to compete in the Olympics for the United States to prove that nothing should hinder anyone from reaching their goals — not race, religion or gender.”

U.S. swimmer Lilly King not afraid to speak her mind

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U.S. Olympic gold medalist Lilly King was watching the women’s 100-meter breaststroke semifinal on Aug. 7 when she saw Russia’s Yulia Efimova (pictured) strike a number one pose. King wagged her finger in return and then later went on to win the gold. The American champion was miffed because Efimova had tested positive for meldonium, a performance enhancer, in early 2016. King later told NBC: "You've been caught for drug cheating. I'm just not a fan."

Leslie Jones' tweet sends her to Rio


Actress Leslie Jones’ (pictured) tweet-storm supporting Team USA at the Olympics caught NBC Olympics executive producer Jim Bell's eye, who agreed to send her to Rio to work on their coverage. The “Ghostbusters” actress will be joining the network as a correspondent, meeting athletes and interviewing them.

Gymnast's parents get adorably nervous watching her perform

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The parents of Aly Raisman, the captain of Team USA women’s gymnastics, could barely watch their daughter perform on the uneven bars on Aug. 7.  During the performance, they fidgeted and moved in sync with Raisman’s routine. Only once she got done did both of them jump up and give each other high fives. (Pictured): Rick Raisman (front passenger seat) and Lynn Raisman (backseat) drive during a parade with their other three children in 2012.

Rio's Olympic mascot has everyone confused

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It's a cat... It's a Minion... No, it's a mix of various Brazilian animals. This year's Olympic mascot may look cute, but people were not quite sure which animal it represented. A mixture of different Brazilian animals, he is named after the famous Brazilian musician Vinicus de Moraes. (Pictured on right) Tom, the Paralympic Games mascot is a mixture of every plant in Brazil.

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