Rio 2016 was a memorable event for sports fans all over the world. It had glorious moments courtesy of the United States’ Michael Phelps, Simone Biles, and Carmelo Anthony, and Jamaica’s Usain Bolt. It had controversial scandals courtesy of Ryan Lochte, and brazen protests from the Mongolian wrestling team’s coaches. And now that it’s over, all we have are those memories, plus a couple more from the Rio Olympics’ closing ceremony on Sunday.

Saudade – a Portuguese word similar to nostalgia

The closing ceremony’s theme included one of “saudade,” a Portuguese word that can be translated to something similar, but not exactly the same as nostalgia.

It could also mean a desire to relive good times or reconnect with someone, a feeling mixed with wistfulness and sadness. That said, “saudade” informed the performances at the Rio 2016 closing show, as Brazilians and everyone else who paid attention to the Olympics will have some lasting memories of the 17 days that were.

Despite a few concerns in advance of the Games, such as the threat of the Zika virus and the scandal involving Russian athletes accused of doping in the McLaren report, Rio 2016 got off without a hitch. And there were all the memories mentioned above, as the world’s finest athletes made us remember them in a good way.

These included yet another gold medal-winning spree from Phelps in swimming, as well as Bolt’s record third straight gold medal in the 100-meter dash.

As both men are retiring from Olympic competition after Rio, it goes without saying that they ended their Olympic careers with a bang. We also saw glorious moments from the host country Brazil, as it finally won a gold in football and made up for its shameful 7-1 loss to Germany in the 2014 World Cup, as well as other impressive team performances from Team USA in men’s basketball and women’s gymnastics.

And those were just some of the Olympic highlights that may invoke “saudade” in the coming months in years.

There were also some cringe-worthy moments, such as swimmer Ryan Lochte’s drunken antics that may have him and three of his teammates penalized by the U.S. Olympic Committee, or the Mongolian wrestling coaches stripping down in protest of a close defeat in the bronze medal match.

Then again, there were also some maligned athletes who arguably didn’t deserve it, such as fellow American Gabby Douglas, who got a lot of unfair criticism for not putting her hand on her chest during the singing of the Star-Spangled Banner.

Japan PM Abe hypes up 2020 Tokyo Olympics as Super Mario

It won’t be another four years until the Olympics return, and in anticipation of that, Japanese Prime Minster Shinzo Abe made a quick appearance to tease the country’s hosting of the 2020 Olympics. What made his appearance special, aside from the two-minute film clip paying tribute to Japan and its athletes, was the fact he came dressed as Super Mario, the iconic Nintendo video game character. In honor of the Mario Bros video game series, Abe emerged from a pipe similar to the ones found in the games, and proved that “saudade,” as far as Rio 2016 goes, isn’t just about the athletes and the teams, but also about the next host country making things memorable well ahead of the next Games.

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