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Going for Gold

Your Guide to the 2016 Olympic Games
 
 
WRITTEN BY SAMMI POTTS
 
 

This August, over 10,000 athletes will compete in the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.  With over 200 countries participating in 28 sports, it can be a daunting task to choose which athletes and events to watch.  Be sure to catch these highlights as the world’s best compete for gold!  

swimming
Swimming

For the past decade, Michael Phelps has dominated the pool, claiming dozens of world records and eighteen gold medals. This August, he will return one last time to compete in the Olympic games; however, a rising star might just steal his spotlight.

Katie Ledecky made her Olympic debut in London at the age of 15. She was the youngest swimmer on the United States team, turning heads as she brought home gold in her only event, the 800m freestyle. She has since dominated the World Championships in the 200m, 400m, 800m, and 1500m freestyle events, setting three world records.

Now 19 years old, Ledecky is still one of the youngest swimmers on the US Olympic team. She is slated to compete in three events, the 200m, 400m, and 800m freestyle, and is expected to medal in all three. Tune in to catch her races on August 7th (400m freestyle), 9th (200m freestyle), and 12th (800m freestyle) at 8pm ET.

Women’s Gymnastics
Women’s Gymnastics

At the 2012 Olympic games, the Fierce Five stole team gold in women’s gymnastics. Since then, the United States team has only grown stronger, boasting five powerhouse athletes that have dominated international competition. Three of these women will compete at the Olympics for the first time in August: Simone Biles, Madison Kocian, and Laurie Hernandez.

At 19 years old, Simone Biles has quickly risen through the ranks with a stunning 14 world championship medals. She is already being called the greatest female gymnast of all time, with her flawless vault and renowned athleticism. Leading the USA team, Biles has the chance at sweeping up to five medals in the vault, floor exercise, balance beam, all-around, and team competitions.

However, Biles is not the only gymnast to watch this year. Veterans Gabby Douglas and Aly Raisman will join the three rookies to complete the Fierce Five. With the USA dominating every major international competition since 2011, team gold is almost certain. Although countries such as England, Russia, and Romania will be strong competitors, it is very likely that they will be fighting for silver.

Track and Field
Track and Field

As the world’s fastest man, Jamaica’s Usain Bolt is a force to be reckoned with. In 2009, Bolt clocked in at 9.58 seconds, setting the world record in the 100m. Seven years later, Bolt still holds the record and continues to dominate international competition. This August, he will represent Jamaica once again in sprint track events and attempt to maintain his title.

The United States track and field team may not be able to boast of the world’s fastest man. But they can proudly claim the “world’s greatest athlete”: Ashton Eaton, reigning decathlon champion.  Eaton captured gold his first year on the men’s Olympic team, setting the world record for the decathlon and indoor heptathlon. This summer, he will compete once again against the best athletes in the world. Tune in on August 17-August 19 to see Eaton compete in sprinting, hurdles, shot put, high jump, discus, javelin, and long jump.

While these athletes will make history during the 2016 Summer Olympics, there is more to watch than just the competitions. Be sure to tune in to NBC on Friday, August 5th to watch the Opening Ceremony in Rio de Janeiro. The ceremony will introduce the athletes and celebrate Brazilian culture, with celebrity appearances and a few twists and turns along the way. Whether you are a sports fanatic or casual viewer, the Olympic games will be an event that you will not want to miss.

 

www.Dishmag.com / Issue 183 - September 2018
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