Over the weekend, U.S. gold medalist Michael Phelps went live on Facebook before his final race to answer questions from his fans and to announce his retirement. Since then, the video has gained over 3.8 million views. The popularity of the video showcases the excitement fans have had interacting with Facebook Live. In honor of Phelps’ video, here are a number of other highlights from the Olympic Games we’ve seen on Facebook Live to bring you directly to the arenas in Rio.
Michael Phelps announced his retirement before his final race in Rio:
For the first time, Brazil had two athletes on the medal podium for the male gymnastics floor competition. Diego Hypolito won silver and Arthur Nory won bronze. Fellow Olympic gymnast, Daniele Hypolito, who’s also Diego’s sister, interviewed both on Facebook Live:
Comité Olímpico Colombiano went live with their gold medalist weightlifter, Óscar Figueroa, from Casa Colombia:
Coca-Cola sat down with teen influencers for its #ThatsGold campaign:
Team Refugees showed the unveiling of a mural of the team painted in Rio:
Team Japan live with gymnast and double medalist Kenzō Shirai:
Gold medalist golfer Justin Rose sat down in the Facebook Live Studio with Team GB:
For more Facebook Live videos during the Games, check out our site that’s dedicated to bring you all the best moments as they happen: https://live.fb.com/Rio2016/.