RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 21: Athletes mingle and party during the Closing Ceremony on Day 16 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Maracana Stadium on August 21, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO
It's safe to say the performances of the thousands of athletes who competed in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro covered up most of the issues the weary city encountered during the games.
After the closing ceremony Sunday night, critics who were sure the games would buckle under the force of Rio's many problems were forced to admit defeat.
As a sports writer for USA Today put it: "Rio pulled it off. Who thought we'd be able to say that?"
And not one, but two stray bullets tore through the equestrian center. Gunfire also hit a bus carrying journalists, breaking two windows and injuring two passengers.
There were plenty of other small incidents that didn't make the headlines, like a brush fire that broke out near several venues and an overhead camera that crashed into the audience in the Olympic Park.
But at least the games did some good for Rio. There's a brand-new port, a new subway line and highway, and two museums to greet tourists as they enter the city.