At every Olympics, of course, records are broken and surprise medals are won. But in Rio in 2016, the accomplishments were on historic levels.
Thousands lined the streets of Kosovo's capital on Sunday to give a hero's welcome to judo champion Majlinda Kelmendi as she arrived home after winning a gold medal in Rio 2016, the first Olympic games in which the small Balkan country took part. Twenty-five year-old Kelmendi won gold last Sunday
There were tears of joy in Rio on Sunday night after Majlinda Kelmendi won Kosovo's first ever Olympic medal. "To be honest, I came here for the gold medal, but it's crazy," she said. Kelmendi, who was flagbearer for Kosovo at the opening ceremony on Friday, is one of just eight Kosovans