It has been one year since the Rio Olympics -- Here are 71 of the best photos from the games

It has been one year since the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics, two weeks that included numerous world records and famous green diving pools.

While most of the focus has now turned to abandoned venues and costs that have now reached $US13 billion, it is easy to forget just how great the games were and the best way to recall the games is through the amazing photography.

The photos from every sport were terrific, and they captured the emotion, energy, and athleticism of the Games. That Rio is one of the most photogenic cities in the world helped, too.

Below are some of our favourite photos from the Olympics.


Emmett Knowlton contributed to this post.

It's too easy for Usain Bolt.

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Neymar after winning gold for the host nation.

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An Australian archer takes aim with a Rio favela in the background.

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Diving in!

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The British Brownlee brothers collapse after taking gold and silver in the men's triathlon.

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Nice dig by China's Fan Wang.

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There's something exceedingly dramatic about fencing.

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Polish rowers completely drained after the pair final.

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Nobody likes to lose.

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Russian and Mongolian wrestlers, wrestling.

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Weightlifter Ayesha Shahriyar M. Albalooshi of the UAE.

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Even Olympians get tired after the steeplechase.

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Tattoos of the Olympic rings are common throughout Rio.

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Rowers take the water early in the morning.

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Great Britain's Elissa Downie gives you a sense of how narrow the balance beam is ...

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... which makes Gabby Douglass all the more impressive.

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Sergio Garcia and Bernd Wiesberger check out a capybara on the golf course.

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Simone Manuel reacts after winning gold.

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A tangle of body parts in Xuechen Huang and Wenyan Sun of China's routine.

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Anastasia Gloushkov Leventhal and Ievgenia Tetelbaum of Israel are in sync.

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How's this for strength?

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Raven Saunders prepares to shot put.

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Katie Ledecky, breaking world records.

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Ledecky, breaking more records.

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Don't mess with Paula Ungureanu of Romania's handball team.

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Victory is sweet.

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Different reactions from USA's Lilly King and Russia's Yulia Efimova as they look at their times.

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Simone Biles momentarily defeats gravity.

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A wrestler from Uzbekistan celebrating (not wrestling!) with his coach after a bronze medal.

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The French handball team roars during a semifinal match with Germany.

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Good concentration from Segun Toriola of Nigeria.

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Team USA's Heather Miller-Koch competes in the high-jump portion of the heptathlon.

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Backstrokers in unison.

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Brazilian gymnast Rebeca Andrade stretches out on the balance beam.

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Losing is never easy for Novak Djokovic.

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Germany's Laura Vargas Koch competes against Angola's Antonia Moreira in judo.

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Japanese decathlete Akihiko Nakamura stretches out in the long jump.

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Mo Farah pulls away to win the 5,000 meter gold.

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The 10km marathon swimmers grab refreshments.

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Tijana Bogdanovic of Serbia lands a high kick in women's taekwondo.

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Mateus Filipe Gregorio Machado of Brazil lets it all out.

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Hosam Hussein Bakr Abdin of Egypt is feeling the pain.

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And Joahnys Argilagos of Cuba is about to feel the pain.

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Fencers in action -- fencers in flight.

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Violetta Kolobova of Russia celebrates winning bronze.

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Celebration and suffering in the men's steeplechase finale.

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Jack Laugher and Chris Mears of Great Britain warm up ahead of the men's synchronised 3-meter springboard final.

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Flying horse.

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Uh oh.


Nouchka Fontijn of the Netherlands with some friendly taunting after defeating Qian Li of China.

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Boomer Phelps getting ready for 2036?

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Good concentration from Lin Dan of China.

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Indonesian mixed doubles pair Tontowi Ahmad and Liliyana Natsir celebrated after winning gold.

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A Mongolian coach stripped off his clothes in protest after his wrestler lost a gold medal for celebrating too early.

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Trinidadian shot-putter Cleopatra Borel readies herself.

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A Croatian water-polo player rises out of the water for a shot.

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Yang Haeun of South Korea watches the ball.

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Italy's Paola Ogechi Egonu elevates and detonates over Puerto Rico.

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Look out.

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Boogeying? Nope. Race walking.

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Russian fencers celebrate after defeating the US in the team semifinal.

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Tania Cagnotto of Italy plummets off the 3-meter springboard.

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Canada's Jennifer Abel seemingly relaxes in mid-air during the women's 3-meter springboard final.

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Not a bad view from the women's road race.

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Great Britain's Ben Saxton and Nicola Groves hike all the way out.

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Ipanema Beach at sunset.

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Christ the Redeemer looks down upon some windsurfers.

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The look on the face of a Brazilian volleyball player after winning gold says it all.

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A Japanese boat sails on a gorgeous afternoon in Rio. Who's ready for Tokyo 2020?

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