Brazilians were steamed when Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte told a tale of armed robbery and a gun pointed at his head during at night on the town in Rio de Janeiro, but the head of Brazil's tourism board said Tuesday there was no lasting damage to Brazil's image.
It feels sometimes like the world is rending at the seams, coming apart by degrees. The news is full of civil war and genocide, border conflict and hatred, the growing rampage and reach of terrorism. It can seem at times almost as if civilization itself is under attack.
Arriving in a plane with a gold-painted nose cone and "victoRIOus" emblazoned on the livery, Britain's Olympic team returned home Tuesday to jubilant scenes after the country's record-breaking medal haul in Brazil.
The Olympics were too big for Rio in many ways. But the competitions, and the competitors, ultimately overshadowed the glitches. The many moving stories of Olympians stand over the games, as does the remarkable quartet of Usain Bolt, Michael Phelps, Simone Biles and Katie Ledecky.