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The Olympic rings inside of the Olympic Park in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rio Olympics Blog: Final thoughts on Rio and the Olympics

Two days after arriving back from Rio, it's starting to hit me that I was at the Olympics. Some final thoughts on Rio, the Olympics and the experience.

A Texas-shaped Don't Mess With Texas tile on the Escadaria Selarón in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rio Olympics Blog — Day Twenty-six: Home sweet home

Roughly 26 days after leaving the United States for the adventure of a lifetime, we made it back to the U.S. Wednesday morning. Coming home has never felt so good.

A food court at a mall in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rio Olympics Blog — Day Twenty-five: Avoiding the rush

It's over. The Olympics have ended. We waited a day to leave to let the airport traffic clear out. But it was a great day to relax after all of our work and to finally pack for the trip home.

Brazilian fans mill about in the Olympic Park in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil before the men's soccer final

Rio Olympics Blog — Day Twenty-three: What a moment

All Brazil wanted from the Olympics was gold in men's soccer. They got that wish, and the scenes from inside the Olympic Park were incredible.

A flat plaza in the Olympic Park in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, with the Olympic store in the background

Rio Olympics Blog — Day Twenty-one: Visiting the ‘mega store’

I had almost nothing to do on Thursday which made it the perfect time to shop at the mega store in the park. Remember folks: don't judge a book by its cover.

Inside the outdoor diving stadium in the Olympic Park in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rio Olympics Blog — Day Eighteen: Diving off the deep end

On Monday I ventured out to the diving stadium. What I got was wind, cold, divers struggling to adjust to the weather and a 700-word recap.

A U.S. weightlifter smiles with her bronze medal

Rio Olympics Blog — Day Seventeen: A wild medal story appears

After eight days of competition, I finally got to tell a medal story. Weightlifter Sarah Robles became the first U.S. women to take a medal in the competition since 2000.