It was moving day at the Olympic village Thursday, and Michelle Carter had more than just a gold medal to pack.
“I was going to take this to the post office,” she said, clutching at the blue-and-green bedsheet she had tried to mail home. “But they don’t have a box big enough.”
Carter, the women’s shot put champion, was leaving Rio de Janeiro four days before Sunday’s closing ceremony. And she isn’t the only U.S. athlete who has decided to exit early.