The veteran stars uncorked vintage performances in the 4-3 victory over Australia.
Australian skater Kieran Woolley fist-bumped the camera operator once he was sure the guy was OK.
Krystsina Tsimanouskaya said she hoped she could continue her running career but that safety was her immediate priority.
"We've had some bad luck," NBC Universal chief executive Jeff Shell said.
"It wasn’t any easier being here at the Olympic Games.”
Runner Keely Hodgkinson, 19, also broke a longstanding British record.
Her teammate, Dalilah Muhammad, broke the record too and won the silver medal.
"They show that age alone is not an insurmountable barrier to excellence in physical activities."
The world record holder won his event and set hearts aflutter with comparisons.
The U.S. star, whose personal struggles seized the world's attention, tied for the most Olympic medals ever won by an American gymnast.