The 2016 Olympics will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil soon. This is the first year the Olympics have been held in a South American country, and the games will run from August 5th – August 21st.
Facts About the 2016 Olympics
The official site for the Olympic games has so much information concerning them such as: interesting facts about the individual athletes, information concerning the participating countries, and photos and videos. The torchbearers this year number 12,000, and countries crossed are Greece, Switzerland, and Brazil. At the Olympian site, the competition venues will be held in four zones – Barra, Copacabana, Deodoro, and Maracana.
Some fun facts about this year’s Olympics courtesy of Tracy Snyder and Kiko Itasaka with NBC News found in their article entitled, “Rio 2016: 16 Fun Facts About This Year’s Olympics,” include the fact that around 10,500 athletes from 206 countries are expected to compete. The mascot for Olympics 2016 is “Vinicius”, a yellow and blue creature representing Brazilian wildlife. There are 7.5 million tickets, ranging from $40 for some of the swimming events, to almost $3,000 for the best seats in the opening ceremony.
Another interesting bit of information is that athlete’s meals will consist of foods such as rice, black beans, and barbecue.
Also, around 85,000 soldiers and police will be deployed, twice as large as London’s security force in 2012.
New Events in the 2016 Olympics
In addition to all of the well-known sports represented each year (26 total including swimming, diving, gymnastics, cycling, etc.), two new sports have been added, those being golf (after a 112-year absence) and rugby 7’s, which only lasts 15 minutes per game!
Schedule of 2016 Olympic Events
Here in the United States, NBC will be carrying coverage of the games. NBC offers a very informative schedule of Olympic events here. It lists which day each event is taking place, distinguishing medal events from events for a particular day. This is an alphabetical list, so it is easy to determine when your favorite sport is being held.
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If you’re choosing to stay home and watch the 2016 Olympics on TV, enjoy the games, and have fun cheering on your country!