The Rio Olympics came to a close on Sunday night and after two weeks of world class competition the sports world will return to its regularly scheduled programming. The 31st version of the summer games saw the United States dominate in the medal count and many athletes achieve impressive medal counts of their own. There were scandals, as always, and there were great examples of the Olympic spirit. Here are some of the important takeaways from the 2016 Summer Olympics.

The good

Several spectacular athletes built upon their already impressive resumes.

Michael Phelps set a record for career Olympic medals by collecting six more to raise his total to 28. Jamaican runner Usain Bolt continued his dominance of the sprinting events in track and field by earning three more gold medals to bring his total to nine golds as he closed out his running career. Also, as expected, Simone Biles excelled in gymnastics helping the United States take the team gold while she captured the All-Around gold. Biles leaves Rio with five medals and got the honor of carrying the flag for the United States at the closing ceremonies.

The Olympic spirit also was shown by athletes such as 5,000 meter runner Abbey D'Agostino helped fellow runner Nikki Hamblin up when the two tumbled after they collided. Hamblin would return the favor when she urged injured D'Agostino to finish the race. The best part of the story is the two had never met before the incident, they just understand what true sportsmanship is.

The bad

Doping was a big issue once again at the games. The Russian Olympic team was almost banned before the games even started because of systematic doping.

Russian swimmer Yuliya Efimova, who was banned for 16 months in 2013 for steroid use, was booed heartily whenever she competed. American Lilly King beat Efimova, who she earlier called a drug cheat, in 100 meter breaststroke and then gave her the cold shoulder. Right or wrong Efimova looked out of place and the whole situation was a giant mess.

Then there is Hope Solo from the U.S. soccer team who whined after her team lost about how the Swedish team played. Solo called the Swedes cowards because the decided to focus on defense to win the game, but poor sportsmanship is nothing new for Solo.

The final entry in the bad category was when Egyptian judoka Islam El Shehaby refused to shake hands with Israeli Or Sasson after he was defeated in a first round match. It is tradition for opponents to shake hands after a judo match.

The ugly

One incident is the clear winner in this category and that is the saga of Ryan Lochte and his swimming posse. Lochte and his cohorts, Jack Conger, Gunnar Bentz and Jimmy Feigen, claimed they were robbed at gunpoint on the streets of Rio when returning to the Olympic village.

A few days later the truth came out that the group was incredibly drunk and damaged a gas station bathroom. After their drunken rampage the group of geniuses doubled down and concocted the robbery story, including a part where Lochte was a tough guy and refused to get on the ground even with a gun pointed at him. And everyone learned two things: one Ryan Lochte isn't the brightest bulb, and two, when you lie keep the story simple.

What was your favorite memory from the 2016 Summer Olympics?

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