Rio Olympics Close with Super Mario Tribute, Return of Oiled-Up Hunk

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The 2016 Summer Olympics came to an official end on Sunday night.

And it did so in a couple of ways that made us temporarily forget all about the complete and utter spoiled nonsense of Ryan Lochte.


For starters, the Internet now has a new favorite Prime Minister.

His name is Shinzo Abe, he's form Japan and he really knows how to make an entrance.

Toward the end of the Closing Ceremonies, Rio passed the Olympic baton to Tokyo, which will be hosting the Summer Games in 2020.

To send this message to viewers and attendees, a short video presentation depicted Abe in Tokyo, concerned that he wouldn’t make it to Rio in time.

The Prime Minister therefore transformed into Mario from Nintendo fame and built a pipe from his city to the one that played host this month in Brazil.

Yes, for a brief, shining and memorable moment, the prime minister of Japan went into full Mario cosplay mode.

You have to see him do it in this video:

The opening ceremony of the Tokyo Games is set for July 24, 2020.

How will you kill time before then?

By ogling more photos of Pita Nikolas Taufatofua, clearly.

As rain poured down on the Closing Ceremony, the taekwondo competitor from Tonga - who went viral during the Opening Ceremony - once again took center stage.

Pita Nikolas Taufatofua

This time, he came out during Julia Michaels and Kygo’s performance of their hit “Carry Me,” dancing away as the water hit his greased-up muscles.

Pita Nikolas Taufatofua Picture

Taufatofua became an Internet sensation two weeks when he showed this same serious skin while serving as flag bearer for the Polynesian country of Tonga.

Pita Taufatofua

Between his sexy appearance and that of Abe as Mario (again: The Japanese Prime Minster as MARIO!!!!), we forgot all about Ryan Locthe for a few hours last night.

It was glorious.

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