As a member of a three-reporter team for the Star Tribune, we follow closely our local athletes with Minnesota ties. This year we had 17 athletes with Minnesota connections and medals went to:  David Plummer (swimming, bronze),  Alise Post (BMX, silver), Gwen Jorgensen (triathlon, gold), Kelly Catlin (cycling, silver), and Lindsay Whalen, Maya Moore, Seimone Augustus, and Sylvia Fowles and coach Cheryl Reeve of the Minnesota Lynx (basketball, gold).

There were also many historic moments this year: Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympic athlete of all time, added to his total: 28 Olympic medals (23 Gold).  Simone Biles emerged as a dominant gymnast and won four gold medals and the promise to be a force for years to come. And Usain Bolt, considered the fastest man in the world and a nine-time Olympic gold medalist, won the 100 m, 200 m, and 4 ?-- 100 m relay at three consecutive Olympic Games including Rio.

I have included some of my most memorable pictures from a few of the past Olympics including the Winter games
in Nagano, Salt Lake City, and Vancouver and the Summer games in London.  So, how many pictures did I take in the 23 days I was in Rio? Approximately 31,000 photos, but only a few
become historic.

Photographer Brian Peterson was born in Duluth, Minnesota, and has enjoyed a career as a photojournalist that allows him to pursue stories he cares most about in his home state and around the world. He's best known for his work since 1987 for the Minneapolis Star Tribune, but his photographs have also been seen in National Geographic, Sports Illustrated, and The New York Times. 

Brian has been recognized nationally and internationally for his documentary photojournalism, and has been honored nine times as Minnesota Press Photographer of the Year. He has photographed the Winter and Summer Olympic Games five times and his sports photography has been honored by the national baseball and football Halls of Fame and the National Press Photographers Association.

Peterson is the author of two books, Minnesota State of Wonders ( and Voices for the Land, and has won three Minnesota Book Awards.