July 8, 2014.
For many Brazilian soccer fans, that date went down in history as one devastating afternoon — being, of course, the day that Brazil’s men’s soccer team faced off against Germany in the FIFA World Cup semifinals, only to be defeated 7-1.
You can imagine, then, the nerves and adrenaline that were coursing through Rio’s soccer stadium on Day 15 of the Olympic games, which found Brazil and Germany facing off once again in the men’s gold-medal match.
I’ll skip right to the good part: After tying things up 1-1 in regulation play, the two teams went to a nailbiter of a shootout — and Brazil, who scored five points in the tiebreaker and successfully blocked a kick from Germany, walked off the field with shiny gold medals.
Even more emotional than the host country’s actual win was the subsequent medal ceremony, during which the entire stadium sang along to Brazil’s national anthem, while both the athletes and their fans wept some understandable tears.
Here are some other buzzed-about moments from Day 15 of the Rio games:
* Though U.S. diver David Boudia didn’t earn gold on the men’s 10-meter platform — as he had in the 2012 London games — he did nab bronze, behind China’s Chen Aisen and Mexico’s Germán Sánchez. (The real heartbreak of Saturday’s diving, of course, came courtesy of Great Britain’s Tom Daley, who failed to qualify for the final round of platform competition after finishing the semis in last place.)
* During the men’s 1,500-meter race, U.S. track and field athlete Matt Centrowitz became the first American to win gold in that event since 1908. (And his family members, who practically pulled a few muscles cheering him on from the stands, officially rival Aly Raisman’s parents as the most entertaining Olympic relatives to watch.)
* Also on the track: Great Britain’s Mo Farah took gold in the 5,000-meter race, making him the first man in 40 years to win first place in both the 5,000- and 10,000-meter races in two separate Olympic Games. (Also known as the “double double,” which apparently is not just a menu item at In-N-Out Burger.)
* The U.S. women’s basketball team won its sixth consecutive Olympic gold medal, besting Spain in a 101-72 final match-up.
What was your favorite moment of this final full day of Olympic competition? Tell us in the comments!