BBC produce stunning montage for Rio Olympic Games

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The Olympic Games have come to a close in Rio de Janeiro, signalling the start of the countdown to the 2020 Games in Tokyo and, more immediately, the start of the Paralympic Games.

There was so much to talk about both in the build up and during the two-week festival of sport. Whether it was Ashton Eaton retaining his Olympic title in the decathlon or Usain Bolt winning an incredible 'triple-triple' of sprinting golds, this Games carries with it more sporting feats than most.

But there were also plenty of controversies. Rio was in the midst of a political storm with millions of residents unhappy with the money spent on Olympic infrastructure despite the increasing level of poverty. A large number of riots had to be quelled in order to keep the athletes, tourists and the media safe.

Then there was the Zika virus. Golfers had fought for years to get their beloved game involved in the Olympic schedule but, having won their long battle, dropped out in their droves as worries surrounding the virus spread across the world.

But, at least for Team GB, the Rio Olympic Games will be remembered fondly. With 67 medals, it was their best performance since 1908, when the Games were virtually unrecognisable. They broke records, set new boundaries and returned as heroes.

So how best to sum them up? Do we focus on the negative or the positive? Well, the BBC have done both, producing a visually stunning montage that perfectly encapsulates everything Rio is and was.

You can take a look at that video below:

Stars are born

From an oiled up Tongan man at the opening ceremony to Brazil's 57kg judo champion Rafaela Silva, the Games was as entertaining as it was inspirational. Silva is now a hero in her native Brazil, joining the national football team, who won the first Olympic gold in their illustrious history thanks to a penalty from Neymar.

On the track, Ethiopia's Almaz Ayana raised eyebrows when she smashed the 10,000-meter world record by more than 14 seconds to claim gold while Mo Farah added another two gold medals to his huge collection in the men's 5,000m & 10,000m.

But the real stars, as always, are the countless people behind the scenes who work day and night to make sure those incredible feats are beamed to the hundreds of millions of homes across the world. 

The BBC, along with Team GB, is something we can all be proud of.

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