With the Olympics now at the halfway point many athletes have completed their events, leaving plenty of time to reflect on their time in the spotlight.
Cook Islands slalom kayaker Ella Nicholas finished 18th in the women's K1 heats during the week.
The country's Chef de Mission, George George Williamson says the 22 year-old will learn plenty from her first Olympic experience.
"There was a few things that she thought that she didn't execute too well but it's something I'm sure she will take into future competitions. She will grow into a fine athlete - for us Cook Islanders, we know that Ella has put everything into her race but she'll bounce back in future events."
George George Williamson.