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The 2016 Rio Olympics have come to a close with Americans earning 121 medals -- 46 gold, 37 silver and 38 bronze -- their biggest haul ever, not counting the boycotted 1984 Los Angeles Games or the 1904 St. Louis Games, when hardly anyone else showed up.

Serena Williams is asked about Donald Trump, and a gymnast fields a question about condoms

Serena Williams speaks with the media at a news conference ahead of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games on Wednesday. (Chris Graythen / Getty Images)
Serena Williams speaks with the media at a news conference ahead of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games on Wednesday. (Chris Graythen / Getty Images)

Wimbledon champion Serena Williams was asked questions about Maria Sharapova, equal pay issues, Team Great Britain flagbearer Andy Murray and one about Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.

The gist of the Trump question wasn’t entirely clear but the essence was: How did she, as an American, feel about a candidate like Donald Trump?

“I don’t involve myself in politics,” she said, adding, “but I think it is important we should pass the message of love, as opposed to hate.”

Williams, 34, is the defending Olympic gold medalist in singles. She is planning to also play doubles with her sister, Venus. The Olympics have been a consistent fixture on their schedule, dating┬áto when they won the women’s doubles in Sydney in 2000.

Venus won the gold medal in singles that year, beating Elena Dementieva of Russia in the final. Dementieva has retired and the bronze medalist in Sydney was Monica Seles, who has long since retired.

For the record, Venus was not asked about Trump.

There is always a bit of a Super Bowl media day vibe at the Olympics in the days leading up to the opening ceremony. Which is to say some of the questions at the news conferences can trend to the unconventional.

Another example of that came during the informal session after the U.S. men’s gymnastics press availability. Danell Leyva was slightly taken aback with a line of questioning about condoms but rallied.

Question: “Speaking of the village, as you know there were 450,000 condoms available to the athletes this year … "

Leyva: "Is that more than last time?”

Question: “I don’t know if it’s twice as many, but it’s a lot…. So my question is: Will that be enough?”

Leyva: “For me?”

That may have been the answer of the day.

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