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Hey, Rio! What we’re looking forward to at the Olympics

4th August 2016.
by Alia Khan.

Remember when we thought the 2016 Rio Olympics was hundreds of years away at 2012 London Olympics? Well, the opening ceremony is THIS SATURDAY. Here’s a little Olympic round up of all the things we don’t wait to miss.

What We’re Looking Forward To At The 2016 Olympics

Opening Ceremony

Rio Olympics 2016

If Brazilian festivals are anything to go by, there’s no way we’re missing the Rio opening ceremony! The colours, costumes, glitter and music are a spectacle, with people describing it as a magical, energetic place and the opening ceremony is a place for the host country to pull out all the stops.

Rio Olympics 2016 Carnival

The Athletes To Watch

Genzez Dibaba

The Ethiopian runner broke the world records for the 1500m, 3000m and two mile indoor events… in two weeks! She’s going for gold in the 1500m this time around.

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce

She’s aiming to be the first athlete to win three straight 100m golds in Rio. The other opponent to this title is Usain Bolt.

Shelly Anne Fraser Price Runner Olympics 2016

Katie Ledecky

Won gold at London 2012, age 15, with the second fastest time in the world for 800m swimming.

Lydia Ko

Golf is coming back as an Olympic sport this year, and Lydia is currently the world number 1.

Gaurika Singh

The youngest competitor at this year’s Olympics, swimming for Nepal at age 13!

Gaurika Singh Olympics 2016

Ellie Simmonds

This inspirational lady will be competing in the swimming at the Paralympics.

Jacob Thomas

Competing in the Paralympics for Team GB, he began 2016 as the world number 1 in the BC3 class of Boccia. It was designed to be played by athletes with cerebral palsy and now is played by athletes with affected motor skills.

Ali Jawad

Crohns disease nearly pushed him out of his career, but he will be competing at the Paralymics in Powerlifting. He held a world record briefly, with 205kg, before being beaten.

Usain Bolt

He oozes cool, and with his track record, why wouldn’t you?

Michael Phelps

He’s back after taking retirement from swimming in 2012, and 18 of his 22 medals are gold. One to watch, for sure!

Michael Phelps Olympics 2016

Weird Facts About Rio 2016 Olympics

Brazil is the first South American country to host the Olympics.

10,500 athletes from 206 countries will compete over 17 days in 306 events.

Rugby Sevens will be making its Olympic debut. The game features 7 players to a team and lasts 15 minutes. The USA are the favourites to win.

Golf is returning to the Olympics after 112 years! It was last played in 1900 and 1904.

Rio will be the first Olympics to feature athletes born in this century.

60,000 meals a day will be prepared to feed the athletes.

There will be 70,000 volunteers.

85,000 soldiers and policemen will make up the security – twice as large as security for London 2012!

Closing Ceremony

The Rio 2016 closing ceremony will be held on the 22nd August. Rio’s not a country to take celebrations lightly, so no need to be too down if you miss the opening ceremony!

Rio Olympics 2016 Closing Ceremony


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