Luke DeCock

Good morning: Back on U.S. soil, wrapping up Rio — DeCock

Copacabana and Cristo Redentor, Rio in one photo. Farewell, Brazil.
Copacabana and Cristo Redentor, Rio in one photo. Farewell, Brazil. ldecock@newsobserver.com

Back on American soil, I find myself craving McDonald's. I suspect that has nothing to do with actually wanting to eat McDonald's but rather the quintessentially American experience it represents.

Twenty-four days after heading off to Brazil, I have returned. What was supposed to be my final “Bom dia” blog yesterday summed up the experience nicely, if I do say so myself, but I did feel like putting a representative sample of my Olympics coverage in one place and this seemed the best way to do it.

So here are links to a few of the highlights from Rio. It's good to be (almost) home. And as they say there, obrigado and tchou.

Low on wizardry, high on spirit, ceremonies befit Rio games

Those on the water know clean-up won’t be Rio’s Olympic legacy

U.S. Olympic shooters caught in crossfire on guns

N.C. State’s Held wakes up a champion

Coach K’s on a boat, the transcript

America needs team handball, and we need it now

Ray Whitney’s unexpected Olympic experience

Wolfpack swimmers make splash on international stage

Ronnie Ash stumbles with bronze within reach

Olympic atmosphere arrives, and so do the Americans

Behind the scenes, Triangle TV freelancers help put Olympics on air

Coach K’s Olympic basketball mission complete

It’s the athletes we’ll remember, not Rio’s issues 

Luke DeCock: ldecock@newsobserver.com, 919-829-8947, @LukeDeCock

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