Olympics in Rio: 2016

courtesy of: Joshualynne.com

courtesy of: Joshualynne.com

Gymnastics, swimming, and track oh my! The 2016 Olympics are almost here! Starting August 5th, athletes from all around the world will be competing for the gold in Rio de Janeiro!
Right now, many athletes from all around the world are competing to see who can get in the Olympic Games. Each athlete goes to the trials to see if they are good enough to compete against the rest.
Emma Marshall (‘17) said, “I am most excited to see the gymnastics part of the Olympics. I’m not a gymnast or anything, but it’s always so cool seeing them do all those flips and tricks.”
For the Olympic Games, according to rio2016.com, 10,500 athletes from 206 countries will get to participate. Over the 17 day period, 306 gold medals will be given to the best athlete in each sport.
Olivia Lamendola (‘17) said, “I love watching the Olympics. It’s so awesome seeing all of the athletes from all over the country representing for their country. My favorite sport in it is definitely gymnastics, but I really want softball back in it!”
According to qz.com though, Brazil is having a hard time affording the Olympic game bids that they had previously made. “We aren’t the United States, but we are getting there, and we will get there,” said the Brazilian President
Luíz Inácio Lula da Silva.
One girl named Kathleen Baker, from Winston Salem, is hopeful for the 2016 Olympics in Rio for swimming. She has been swimming since she was 10, and practices up to 7 hours a day. From practicing and training so often, she was about to pull out 4th place in the 50 meters backstroke, and 6th place in the 100 and 200 meters backstroke at the US National Swimming Championship in Indianapolis.
Make sure to keep your eye out for Kathleen in the 2016 Olympic trials. The Olympics is a great way to see our country succeed in sport competition. You won’t want to miss it, so make sure you’re ready August 5!

Categories: College & Pro Sports, SPORTS

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