Gold medalist Carmelo Anthony celebrates with the crowd after the U.S. men's 96-66 victory over Serbia //  Getty Images

Gold medalist Carmelo Anthony celebrates with the crowd after the U.S. men's 96-66 victory over Serbia // Getty Images

Rio 2016

‘Iconic’ or not, Rio sighs to close

RIO de JANEIRO — Imperfect for sure, like life itself, the Rio 2016 Summer Games sighed Sunday to a close, an Olympics likely to go down in history for first-rate sport that offered a break from a welter of financial, logistical and political challenges or perhaps served merely to underscore just how difficult it is, now, to put on an Olympic Games.

For every Michael Phelps, there was the story of green water in the diving pool. For every Usain Bolt, there was the stray bullet that pierced the tent at the equestrian center. For every Simone Biles, there were the winds that ripped an overhead television camera from its cable at Olympic Park, injuring seven people, two of them children.

From left, 100 fly silver medalists Laszlo Cseh of Hungary, Chad le Clos of South Africa and Michael Phelps, with gold medalist Joe Schooling of Singapore // Getty Images

From left, 100 fly silver medalists Laszlo Cseh of Hungary, Chad le Clos of South Africa and Michael Phelps, with gold medalist Joe Schooling of Singapore // Getty Images

Swimming

Michael Phelps in Rio: the power of trust and belief

RIO de JANEIRO — Anyone in any kind of relationship — so this means pretty much everyone in the world — knows that there is always a tension, if not a struggle, over power and control.

Easy joke: especially if you’re married! (Note: Love you, honey, and it’s 25 years in September!)

Michael Phelps before the 200 IM // Getty Images

Michael Phelps before the 200 IM // Getty Images

Swimming

Limitless and free, this time – Phelps says – for real

RIO de JANEIRO — If Thursday night’s men’s 200m individual medley final between Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte was the end, as Jim Morrison and the Doors once said, it made — in a riff on what Morrison also told us — for no safety yet a big surprise, a race in which two of the best, ever, pushed each other one final time.

Each in his own lane, literally and figuratively, Phelps and Lochte have for years been on a similar quest. Their mission: to push boundaries in search of excellence.