Gabrielle Glaser is the author, most recently, of Her Best-Kept Secret: Why Women Drink—And How They Can Regain Control. Her work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, and The Washington Post and The Los Angeles Times.

PLEASANT SURPRISE

Before it started, coverage of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games left the world expecting the worst. While it is unclear if hosting the Games will help Rio long-term, Brazil came through.

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Gold-medal gymnast Gabby Douglas endured trial after trial during the Rio Games—and now she’s got a powerful message for young girls: ‘Be strong and have a strong mind.’

BEAUTIFUL GAME

The streets of Rio will be empty on Saturday as Brazil watches its soccer team face off against Germany in the gold medal match—and viewers won’t be able to relax until the referee blows that final whistle.

QUIET HEROES

They don’t get the big sponsorship deals or the primetime TV slots, but thousands of athletes have sacrificed everything to make it to Rio—and they’re just as inspiring as the superstars.