2016 Rio Olympics

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2016 Rio Olympic Games

 

With Katie Ledecky smashing world records in multiple swimming events, returning champ Usain Bolt defending his title as fastest man in the world and Brazil winning the gold in the football (soccer) final, the 2016 Rio Olympic Games was one to watch. This year’s Olympics was packed with over 11,000 athletes from 206 different countries competing across 306 different events. 2,488 medals were awarded to a large array of countries; however, the U.S. dominated the medal count taking home 121 medals. From the very first events to the final efforts to win medals, the Summer Games were action-packed thanks to the terrific efforts from athletes from all over the world. This year’s Olympics have been significant as history was broken and the sensational performance from our very own U.S.A. Olympic team.

This year’s Summer Olympic Games were historic, for a multitude of reasons. To start, Brazil is now the only South American country to ever host the Olympic Games. Now, the only continents that haven’t hosted the Games are Africa and Antarctica. In addition, after his dominance in swimming over 5 Olympics, Michael Phelps’s 28 medal winning Olympic career has come to an end. From his second Olympics where he won 8 medals to his final run in Rio, Michael Phelps has been a wonder to watch. He has picked up his 28 medals over an array of events including men’s freestyle, butterfly and relays of multiple distances. Also, this year’s Summer Games reintroduced golf after an absence of over 100 years. Golf was initially removed in 1914 when the Olympic Committee placed it on the list of optional sports. Seven years later, in 1921, it was removed altogether from the list of sports. On the flip side, rugby sevens was added to the events for the first time ever. Rugby sevens is a variant of rugby where there are seven players playing two seven minute halves, versus having fifteen players playing two forty minute halves. Lastly, for the first time ever, a refugee team consisting of 10 athletes that fled their home countries. And although they did not win any medals, they competed for a great cause. In summary, Rio has introduced numerous novelties to the Olympics.

The U.S.A. Olympic team had its best performance in four Summer Games. This year’s medal count for the American team was about twenty higher than the past four occasions, and justifiably so. With Katie Ledecky and Michael Phelps controlling the pool in swimming, the Final Five dominating in gymnastics and various volleyball teams spiking their way to the podium, it would be a surprise if the U.S.A. didn’t come first in the medal count. The nineteen-year-old picked up two new world records at the Rio Olympics, to now add up to three world records! Her stunning performance was no less amazing of Michael Phelps performance in his final Olympics. Winning six medals, Michael was a participant in men’s butterfly, relay and medley. He was nothing short of the expectations people had for him, even as his prime is passing. In gymnastics, the Final Five controlled the floor taking home a total of thirteen medals, with Simone Biles having four gold medals and a bronze from her first Olympics! Their perfectly executed flips and handsprings were nothing but true talent and practice. Finally, although the volleyball teams for the U.S. didn’t win any golds, they put up a good fight to win bronze.

In conclusion, the 2016 Rio Olympics were interesting for many reasons. This year’s Summer Games were historical, for reasons other than broken world records. In addition, the tremendous effort from all the U.S.A. athletes allowed them to be the top of the medal count. This year’s action-packed Olympics were very interesting to watch thanks to the tremendous athletes that put in their efforts for their home countries. Hopefully the 2020 Olympics will be as memorable and enjoyable as the 2016 Rio Olympics!
Sources: CNN (www.cnn.com) and NBC (www.nbcnews.com)