Rio Olympics Closing Ceremonies: All The Highlights You May Have Missed!

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We are so sad to see them go!

The Olympics went through their huge closing ceremonies last night, and as U.S. women’s gymnasts like Aly Raisman, Simone Biles, Madison Kocian, and Laurie Hernandez got decked out (above) to head to the amazing event, we were stuck at home with a serious case of FOMO, sad to see the Games go!

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Last night’s closing ceremonies were AH-Mazing, too — here are some highlights, ICYMI!!

The night was a heavily-Brazilian themed event, with local celebs coming out to pay homage to the music, food, culture, dance, and so much more that makes the country great.

That included opening musical acts like Martinho da Vila, an icon of Brazilian samba, who took the stage with his daughters and granddaughter (so cute!) after a fireworks set to open the night (below):

The BIG moment of the ceremonies, as far as the Americans are concerned, at least, was Miz Biles herself, walking out with the flag!!

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She had teased it a couple days ago (below) of course, in her epically cute fashion:

OMG! Love it!!

But she carried that flag SO proudly, as you can see (below):

Only problem? Well, she was a little shorter than Michael Phelps when he carried the thing in about two weeks ago at the opening ceremony! Ha!!

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Nevertheless, everyone took notice of how well she carried it — and how many selfies she stopped for along the way — including one Barack Obama (below):

Gold medal? Check. Flag carrying at the Olympics? Check! Having the President tweet at you?! CHECK!!

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Perhaps the highlight of the closing ceremony, though, was Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe donning a Mario costume and going through a SUPER elaborate video and on-site ruse in preparation for the Games coming to Tokyo in 2020!

Ch-ch-check out that WHOLE thing go down (below):


As well-prepared and fun as that was, if that’s any indication of the 2020 Games, things might be really, really well done in four years!!

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But wait! There was also the weird stuff!

Not only was it a rainy event with the wet stuff pouring down throughout, but at some point, a bunch of trees started… dancing?!

Move over, Left Shark, because human shrubbery is coming for you (below)! Ha!!

Too funny!!

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Above all, though, everything cleared out pretty quickly afterwards, as you can tell from a shot this morning on TODAY‘s final set from Rio (below):


It was a great two weeks, and the Games are special in part because they only come around once every four years, and yet it’s so hard to watch them go.

Bye bye, Rio!

[Image via Madison Kocian/Instagram.]

Aug 22, 2016 10:21am PDT

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