Biggest Letdowns of the 2016 Rio Olympics

There were plenty of winners during the 2016 Rio Olympics, but there were also plenty of disappointments. Some of the world's best athletes left Brazil without the medals they dreamed about, and instead were left with bitter tastes in their mouths.

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The U.S. women's soccer team was the favorite heading into the Rio Games. But the team returned home without gold. And silver. And even bronze. Not only did they get knocked out early by Sweden, but goalkeeper Hope Solo called the eventual silver medal-winning Swedes "cowards" for how they beat them. Not good.
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Take your pick of witty hashtags for Ryan Lochte's time in Rio. #LochteMess? #Lochtegate? #SwimShady? Lochte's Olympics went from bad (silver hair?) to worse (green hair?) to worst (lying on national TV about being robbed at gunpoint?). He wants to come back in 2020, but does Team USA want him?
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After winning four golds and a bronze at age 17 in London, much was expected of Missy Franklin in Rio. But Franklin ended up with just one gold in 2016, and wasn't even on the final relay team in that event. Perhaps most disappointing was her 14th place finish in 200m backstroke. She set a world record and won gold in that event four years ago.
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A bronze medal is nothing to sneeze at, but when you're defending three-time gold medalist Kerri Walsh Jennings and have never, ever lost an Olympic match, there is more than just a hint of disappointment in not capturing gold again. But credit to her and April Ross for finding a way to regain their composure and win bronze.
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Tom Daley was supposed to be the golden boy of diving for Great Britain. And he played the part in the 10m platform preliminary, racking up scores that would have won the London Games. But then came the collapse. He missed three of his six dives in the semis, leading to a last-place finish and an early exit. He vows to come back stronger in 2020.
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In July, Serena Williams won Wimbledon. In August, she lost in straight sets to Elina Svitolina in the third round of Olympic singles. That loss came on the heels of another loss in the first round of doubles play with her sister, Venus. It was their first-ever Olympic loss. And just like that, their Rio experience was over.
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