The top tear-jerking moments of the Tokyo Games

Posted at 4:07 PM, Aug 07, 2021
and last updated 2021-08-08 05:13:41-04

The Olympics are such a happy time. Nations and cultures come together in a festive atmosphere to witness and celebrate the achievements of the world’s greatest athletes.

So, then what’s with all this crying?

Tear-jerking moments and the Olympics go together like medals on ribbons. For every moment of jubilation, there are those that stir deep emotions. Maybe it’s a sense of loss, a farewell or a new beginning. Or sometimes it’s the realization of a goal, the culmination of a life’s work and an opportunity to share a most special moment with family, friends, teammates and countrymen.  

So, grab the tissue box and prepare to bawl with this top tear-jerking moments of the Tokyo Games:

Caeleb Dressel’s emotional video call with family

With a chiseled physique and an eagle tattoo across his shoulder and chest, Caeleb Dressel cuts an imposing figure in and out of the pool. But that all melted away when Dressel was greeted via video by the folks back home. During an emotional post-race interview following his 100m gold medal victory, the 6-foot-3 swimmer was brought to tears at the sight of his wife, parents, friends and family. “Love you too,” an otherwise speechless Dressel managed. “Thank you, guys.”

SEE MORE: Caeleb Dressel sets Olympic record in 100 free, wins first individual gold

María Belén Pérez Maurice’s surprise marriage proposal

Unless you speak Spanish, you might not have realized what was happening during an interview with Argentine fencer María Belén Pérez Maurice. But it didn’t take long to figure out. Standing behind Belén Pérez Maurice was her coach and partner Lucas Saucedo with a marriage proposal scrawled on a sheet of paper. Saucedo went down on bended knee and, thankfully, she said yes.

SEE MORE: María Belén Pérez Maurice gets surprise marriage proposal

Simone Biles stuns the Games

Something clearly was not right with Simone Biles after she got “lost in the air” during an uncharacteristically shaky vault to start the women’s team final. After meeting with her coaches and trainers, Biles stunned the Games by withdrawing from the finals with a case of the “twisties,” and concerns over her mental health. "I love you guys, but you're gonna be just fine," Biles is heard telling her teammates.

SEE MORE: Biles exits women's Olympic team final after vault

Divers Terauchi and Pacheco get emotional farewells

So touching was the farewell for Olympic diver Ken Terauchi of Japan, it brought NBC’s Cynthia Potter to tears. “Making me cry,” she said as Terauchi, 40, saluted his well-wishers. Minutes later it was Rommel Pacheco of Mexico who made his final Olympic dive and enjoyed another emotional moment.

SEE MORE: Divers Terauchi, Pacheco get standing ovations in farewell

Luis Scola says goodbye to the Games

Seventeen years ago, at the 2004 Games in Athens, Luis Scola helped the Argentina men’s basketball team make history with a victory over Team USA en route to a gold medal. In Tokyo, in what is expected to be his last international game, Scola received an emotional and deserving farewell.

SEE MORE: Argentina's Luis Scola receives standing ovation in Tokyo finale

Chuso gets a fitting farewell

Oksana Chusovitina got the Olympic farewell she deserved in Tokyo. At 46, the eight-time Olympian from Uzbekistan failed to qualify for the final in the woman’s vault and said goodbye to the Games to a standing ovation from her fellow competitors, coaches and others in an other empty arena. She formed a heart with her hands and said a simple “bye-bye” as her Olympic career came to an end.

SEE MORE: Oksana Chusovitina gets farewell standing ovation

Does robot's free-throws spell doom for humans?

In 1920, Karel Capek wrote the ground-breaking play R.U.R. about robots taking over the world and dominating the human race. Fast forward 100 years and here’s a robot sinking free throws and three-pointers at the Tokyo Games.

Capek was right – the human race is doomed!

SEE MORE: Our robot overlords are better at basketball than we are