There has been a lot of controversy surrounding the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio. The artGANG is going to choose to ignore all of that and focus on what really matters, people. The Olympics are a celebration of so many wonderful qualities of humanity. We can show strength, ingenuity, courage, dedication, creativity, and love. We can come together as the people of this wonderful planet to celebrate each other's victories and pull each other up through our downfalls.
Shout out to the incredible photographers who captured these amazing moments from this year's games.
The Olympic games got started with a cultural explosion at their Opening Ceremony. It was a celebration of Brazilian dancing, fashion, and artistry.
In an amazing show of how the Olympics can bring us all together, two gymnasts, one from South Korea and one from North Korea got together and took a selfie. We are all the same no matter what side of the line we were born upon.
In an incredible feat of strength, Katie Ledecky, has won 4 gold medals and 1 silver medal as of Friday night. She has set world records and won one race by 4 whole seconds. She is incredible.
This picture perfectly captures how we are all the same. We are not defined by our race, gender, sexuality, or religion. We can celebrate all of our differences and still play together. All cultures can be respected and commemorated.
Michael Phelps broke a record Thursday night that has stood for 2,160 years. I am not sure what is more impressive. The fact that humans have kept records dating back over 2,000 years or the fact that this man just broke that record. He has officially won more Olympic titles than Leonidas of Rhodes who competed in Ancient Greece. This event highlights the human spirit to always strive to be better, no matter what.
Simone Biles is an athlete. She is an artist. She is a champion. This young woman is so strong and dedicated. She exemplifies all that is beautiful and powerful in the human form.
Despite all of the negatives and controversies, it is still a beautiful thing to see humans the world over put aside their differences and join together on the field. Hopefully as our world becomes more globalized, we will see that we are all really the same and join together in peace.