In the pool, on the court and field, America's female Olympians clobbered the competition at the Rio Games.
The statistics piled up throughout the 16 days: the first American boxer to win back-to-back golds is Claressa Shields; of the top ten Americans with the most medals, six are women; Simone Biles is the first American gymnast to win four golds at a single Games; and the Women's Basketball, Rowing, Water Polo, Track Relay, and Gymnastics teams each scored firsts and broke records above and beyond their male counterparts.
It was not just American women making their nation proud. Puerto Rico, Iran, Bahrain, and India can thank their female athletes for a variety of special distinctions.
Overall, after much hand-wringing leading up to Rio's hosting of the Games amidst fears of the Zika virus, plus shoddy, slow construction and pollution, the actual days of competition at these Summer Olympics were as successful and as beleaguered as any modern event.
That being said, the Games are not over. The Paralympics are set to commence next month in Rio, but poor ticket sales and Brazil's recession have triggered budget cuts.
What are your biggest takeaways from watching events in Rio?
Mary Hums, Professor of Sports Administration, University of Louisville; Hums has a special interest in women Olympians and the Paralympics; She has worked at a half dozen Games
David Wallechinsky, President of the International Society of Olympic Historians and author of “The Complete Book of the Olympics” (Aurum Press, 2012)