Ryan Lochte's Robbery Mess
It’s one of the most controversial stories to come out of the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics. Swimmers from the U.S. Olympic team – Ryan Lochte, Gunnar Bentz, Jack Conger, and James Feigen – alleged they were robbed at gunpoint after a night out in the city. After further investigation, Brazilian authorities claimed the athletes actually broke down a door and vandalized a gas station. The United States Olympic Committee apologized to the entire country of Brazil for the swimmers’ behavior, and the Brazilian government has recommended criminal charges be brought against them for falsely reporting a crime. Feigen agreed with a Brazilian judge to donate $10,800 and leave the country Friday, while Lochte released a statement on his Instagram account apologizing for his “behavior.”
Gabby Douglas' Stance During National Anthem
Gabby Douglas caught some flack when she was the only member of the U.S. women’s gymnastics team who did not put her hand on her heart during the National Anthem. Some took the gymnast’s stance as support for the Black Lives Matter movement while others called her disrespectful. The 2012 all-around gold medal winner took to Twitter to clear the air, explaining: “I always try to stand at attention out of respect for our country whenever the national anthem is played. I never meant any disrespect and apologize if I offended anyone.”
Ellen DeGeneres' Usain Bolt Tweet
Usain Bolt’s picture perfect smile for the cameras while running a gold medal-winning 100m sprint inspired a countless number of memes. However one meme didn’t go over well with fans. Ellen DeGeneres tweeted a Photoshopped image of herself on Bolt’s back, with the caption: “This is how I’m running errands from now on.” A number of Twitter users took offense to the tweet, deeming it racist and lamenting that the edited photo seems to equate Bolt with “a common mule.” DeGeneres later tweeted a response, “I am highly aware of the racism that exists in our country. It is the furtherest thing from who I am.”
German Sisters Cross the Finish Line Together
When German twin sisters Anna and Lisa Hahner crossed the finish line of the women’s marathon, they did it hand-in-hand. Though the siblings (who finished in 81st and 82nd place) claimed it was a gesture of unity, German track and field officials accused them of seeking attention and treating the Olympic sport “like a fun run.”
NBC Gives Credit For Katinka Hosszu's Gold to Her Husband, Shane Tusup
The Olympics have been underway for less than a week, but viewers have already been privy to some great gaffes that will go down in Olympic history. Among them, Katinka Hosszu, famously called the “Iron Lady,” destroyer of Olympic records, and gold medalist, had all of her accomplishments forgotten when NBC commentator Dan Hicks called her husband and coach “the man responsible” for her success. Twitter users were not happy and called out Hicks for his poor choice of words. Hicks then tried to explain himself to the Associated Press saying, “with live TV, there are often times you look back and wished you had said things differently,” adding, “It is impossible to tell Katinka’s story accurately without giving appropriate credit to Shane.”
Aly Raisman’s Parents Steal the Show
It’s almost as much fun to watch Aly Raisman’s parents as it is to watch the gymnast. Raisman’s mother and father held nothing back as they watched their daughter compete on the uneven bars. Their movements in their seats mirrored their daughter’s routine in the most hilarious yet sweet way.
Al Trautwig Insults Simone Biles' Parents
Al Trautwig had to do some backtracking after his comments about Simone Biles’ parents. The gymnastics commentator referred to Biles’ maternal grandfather Ron Biles and wife Nellie Biles as “her grandfather and his wife,” despite the fact Simone and her sister Adria call them “mom and dad.” Fans took to Twitter in outrage and Trautwig deleted his tweet about the gaffe, in which he wrote “They may be mom and dad but they are NOT her parents,” saying in a statement to the Associated Press, “I regret that I wasn’t more clear in my wording…I compounded the error on Twitter, which I corrected. To set the record straight, Ron and Nellie are Simone’s parents.”
The Daily Mails Calls Katie Ledecky the “Female Michael Phelps”
The UK’s Daily Mail came under fire after referring to Olympic gold medal swimmer Katie Ledecky as the “female Michael Phelps.” The publication received criticism for not celebrating Ledecky’s accomplishments without comparing her to a male competitor.
NBC's John Miller Insults Female Viewers
American audiences were already annoyed with NBC for delaying the Opening Ceremony by one hour but NBC’s Olympic chief marketing officer John Miller made it worse when he said, “More women watch the Games than men, and for the women, they’re less interested in the result and more interested in the journey. It’s sort of like the ultimate reality show and mini-series wrapped in one.” Said audiences, including women, took to Twitter to express their extreme displeasure about the delay and the questionable reasoning behind it.
Lilly King Shakes Her Finger at Yulia Efimova
Nineteen-year-old Olympic swimmer Lilly King was having none of it when Yulia Efimova returned to the Olympics after being previously banned for doping and had her verdict overturned. King mockingly wagged her finger as she watched Efimova on a monitor. She went on to defeat Efimova and won the gold with the Russian swimmer taking silver in the 100-meter breaststroke final.
NBC Commentator Takes It To The Mall
Discussion about the difference in commentating on women’s events and men’s arose again when a NBC commentator said the USA women’s gymnastics team, “might at well be standing in the middle of a mall,” despite slaying it in the qualifying round. Many criticized the remark and claimed it would never have been made about a group of male athletes.
Michael Phelps' Death Stare
The Internet had a field day when footage showed Michael Phelps glaring at his rival from South Africa, Chad Le Clos, prior to the 200-meter butterfly. With his hood up and headphones on, the U.S. swimming star did not want any distractions as Le Clos bounced around directly in front of him. Fans took screenshots of the encounter which resulted in hilarious memes referencing everything from the Taylor Swift-Kayne West feud, to Mean Girls, Harry Potter, and Star Wars.
Chicago Tribune Refers to Bronze Medalist Corey Cogdell as the Wife of Bears Lineman Mitch Unrein
The Chicago Tribune qualified Olympic bronze medalist Corey Cogdell in a tweet as the “wife of a Bears’ lineman,” and made no mention of her name on Twitter. The Twitterverse immediately sprung into action to hit back at the news outlet for identifying the Olympian by her spouse and not her name or accomplishment.
The Lifeguards Are Not Impressed
The Internet found another hilarious subject for its Olympic memes in the most necessary, but least busy job. The lifeguards at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium have very little actual life-saving tasks to complete as they sit feet from the best swimmers in the world.