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Rio 2016 Olympics

This year’s Summer Olympics Games / Rio 2016 is drawing near to its final days since its opening on August 5. Despite the many concerns and controversies of the many professional athletes who did compete to the games, the athletes who represented each of their countries at the Olympics are growing proud and strong.

Because of the Zika virus, scheduling issues, injuries, water quality problems and many other reasons, many athletes canceled their entry to the games. It was feared that the Olympics might not commence, but Rio 2016 went on. It really is true. The games must go on.

Rio 2016

First Week Updates

  • Armstrong from America wins three consecutive gold medal  on a rainy morning game for time trial.
  • Slovenia finally had a second Olympic Judo champion. The country’s contender for Judo defeated the player from France in the women’s category.
  • Olympic marriage proposal from Brazilian rugby player’s girlfriend. Isadora Cerullo the proposal her girlfriend prepared for her during the medals ceremony for the Olympic Rugby Sevens competition.
  • Hungary’s woman swimmer won second swimming gold from Rio 2016. Katinka Hosszu did not show any signs of changing her swimming glory being called the Hungary’s ‘Iron Lady’. This made her won two straight swimming gold medals.
  • Olympic Rugby Sevens gold medal grabbed by Australia’s women. They are the first ever champions for the newly debuted Olympic game.
  • Most successful volleyball coach of all time leads his team to another Olympic gold. Bernardo Rezende may not be known worldwide, but in the world of volleyball, he is a giant having 30 major titles in the present.
  • Kosovo’s first win of an Olympic Medal. Majlinda Kelmendi top notched the women’s weight class. She is the first athlete ever from her country who have won an Olympic medal.
  • First medal of Brazil for Olympic Games Rio 2016 achieved by air pistol athlete. The men’s 10m air pistol player, Felipe Almeida Wu, took the silver medal. He is also the first athlete under the Youth Olympic Games (YOG) to finish on the podium.
  • Gaurika Singh of Nepal, the youngest competitor in Rio 2016. Among the 10,000 competitors, Nepal’s female swimmer is the youngest with an age of 13 years and 255 days.
  • China’s first gold medal from this year’s Olympic was achieved by a first-time athlete. Zhang Mengxue was able to secure a gold medal in an event of women’s 10-metre air pistol.

Excitements at Rio 2016 Games

The games gave great spirit of excitement to the fans. Here are some of the top stories:

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  • Six major champions of golf will battle at Rio 2016. Sergio Garcia, Bubba Watson and as well as Danny Willett are just some of the competitors who will compete at the golf games.
  • Great swimmer Michael Phelps wins his 21st gold medal at the Olympics. Despite retiring, Phelps came back for the Olympics this year. After his defeat with Chad le Close at the London 2012, he certainly avenged by being victorious at 200 meter butterfly.
  • World-class athlete Serena Williams is knocked out of Olympic tennis. In addition, Elina Svitolina of Ukraine, considered world’s no. 15, defeated Serena Williams after straight sets.
  • One refugee from Syria named Rami Anis finished sixth place in 100 meter freestyle at swimming. Falling short to qualify for the semi-final, Anis still was the center of attention. He received great applause from the crowd which is normally given only to gold medalists and record-breakers.
  • Before the Rio 2016, 24 of the 32 gold medals at the Olympic diving at Sydney 2000 was won by China. This year, China maintained records as the world’s most decorated nation for diving in the Olympic Games.
  • Australia got their first Olympic gold medal in women’s rugby sevens. The Aussies won over New Zealand.
  • Ibtihaj Muhammad took the lead at fencing. Ibtihaj Muhammad is the first American woman to wear a hijab at the Olympic Games. Supports from her flag-waving fans were incredible.
  • Wu of China made it into the Olympic Record Books. China’s swimmer became the first person to bring home five (5) diving gold medals.
  • Eight successive Olympic title is achieved by Korea’s women archers. A trio women archers from Korea shoot brilliantly during the game against Russia.


Fun Facts about Rio 2016

We have also stored for you some fun facts you may want to know:

  1. One team of refugees who were forced to leave their counties is going to compete to the games. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) expects five of the 10 refugees is going to compete for the Olympic flag.
  2. Torch relay for the games began on April 21 at Olympia in Greece, the Game’s birthplace. In addition, the torch traveled to Rio to almost 100 days traveling across Brazil for the August 5 opening ceremony.
  3. For the first time in history of the Olympic Games, a South American country won the hosting for the Games. Rio won its bid in 2009 against cities like Tokyo, Madrid and as well as Chicago.
  4. There are 205 different countries that will compete in the Summer Olympics 2016 with 10,500 athletes.
  5. Almost 7.5 million tickets are available for swimming events. Among all the Olympic games, basketball, handball, volleyball and soccer are the most popular events.
  6. There are 70,000 volunteers for Rio 2016. Almost 70% of these volunteers are mostly from Brazil, the rest are from Russia, U.K. China and as well as U.S.
  7. A new game namely Rugby Sevens will make its debut in this year’s games.
  8. After 112 year of absence, golf returns to the Olympics. The IOC lead to a decision of reinstating the sport.
  9. Per day, the organizers will have to prepare 60,000 meals for the athletes.
  10. There are at most 85,000 policemen and soldiers that are ready for deployment to monitor the event’s security. It is considered as the largest security force in Brazil’s history.
  11. Taxi drivers from Rio, also refers to ‘taxistas’, have chances of availing a free English lessons through online. In addition, this is Rio 2016 Organizing Committee’s initiative.

Final Say

Overall, the early days of Rio Summer Olympics 2016 is already mind blowing. Encouragements and inspiration from the games will hopefully promote understanding to different races and culture.

For more information, fans can visit the official link of the 2016 Olympics.

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