Top 16 quotes from the Games

Published 6 September 2016 (AEDT)

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 13: Gold medalist Kimberley Brennan of Australia celebrates after the medal ceremony for the Women's Single Sculls on Day 8 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Lagoa Stadium on August 13, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. © 2016 Getty Images

"It has really sunk in yet but it feels awesome and I can only imagine it will get better from here." Archer Alec Potts, 20, on winning Australia's first medal at the Games, a bronze in the archery team event.

“We both feel like we’re dreaming and it’s not really real because we thought we weren’t really in with a medal chance after our first couple of dives. But we obviously just had fun there and we hung in the whole time." Anabelle Smith reflects on her bronze medal performance with Maddison Keeney in the 3m synchronised springboard event.

“I just wanted to see those little targets smash.” Women’s trap gold medallist, Australia’s Catherine Skinner, reveals how she stayed focused in the  gold medal match.

"We’ve only had about two hours sleep.  We're still on a massive high...I don't think we're going to be sleeping until we get home.” Charlotte Caslick on the celebrations following the Australian women's rugby sevens team gold medal match win over New Zealand.

“I don’t know about that; you might need to talk to my wife! It’s a big commitment, we’ve had a lot of family prop us up for a lot of years of preparation and it's probably time to give back to them.” Karsten Forsterling when asked if he would continue through to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. Forsterling’s silver in the men’s quadruple sculls.

“Everyone says ‘it’s the Olympics, you want to rise to the occasion’ and that right there was a great example of how strong Aussies can be.” Melissa Hoskins, who, despite requiring crutches to walk around the velodrome and standing alonside battered and bruised teammates, got on her bike to help Australia qualify for the women's team pursuit finals.

Cate Campbell 100m Freestyle heat

“It’s been incredibly tough but in saying that the support I have received has been overwhelming and that’s what really touched me, I don’t think I have ever received so many messages of support, and people have come up and called me a legend when I’ve felt like an idiot which I think is the highest of compliments, having the nicest thing anyone said to me was and I can’t remember who it was but they said ‘people love gold medals but they love people more’ but to hear that was really, really touching for me.” An emotional Cate Campbell after qualifying second fastest for the women's 50m free. 

“And I’ve just looked at my watch and I’ve done a bloody PB as well. I just can’t believe it. I’m stoked. I just want to find my family.” Dane Bird-Smith after winning bronze in the 20km men's walk on the opening day of athletics.

“The most brutal nine and a half minutes of your life.” Genevieve LaCaze gives an insight into the 3000m steeplechase.

“You imagine that moment so many times that crossing the line I couldn’t work out whether that was actually it or whether that was my imagination.” Kim Brennan after winning gold in rowing’s single sculls.

"I saw Jamie Dwyer the other day." Kookaburras midfielder Eddie Ockenden when asked who was the most famous athlete he had seen at the Olympic village.

Kyle Chalmers claims gold

"Port Lincoln where I grew up is going nuts, they’re thinking of naming the leisure centre after me and there’s talk of a statue going up next to Makybe Diva on the foreshore – so if a few of those went to plan that would be awesome." Dual Olympic medallist Kyle Chalmers on celebrations in his South Australian hometown.

“The amount of hours I have put into this, the sacrifices I have made; not going to my sister’s wedding, skipping the Opening Ceremony to try and get a good result and it’s all perfect now.” Sailor Tom Burton after winning gold.

“We ticked our goal, we made our final, and while it didn’t play out as planned, we’re rapt and stoked to mix with the big girls on the big stage. Kayaker Alyce Burnett after making the K2 500m final with partner Alyssa Bull.

“We need to make this sport sexy. Maybe Jarrod’s the man to do it.”  Ron McKeon on the way Jarrod Poort swam his 10km open water race.

"Certainly the support from home really helped me when the going got tough. I was thinking of the messages from schools and I had a really nice one from my brother and sister last night… were going through my mind. An endurance race like a marathon you have so much time to think that those messages really do help spur you on." Jessica Trengove after finishing 22nd in the women's marathon.

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