The 2016 Olympic Games in Rio are right around the corner and with so many talented athletes competing this year, it may end up being one of the most watched Olympics in the history of the games. Below is a breakdown of some key moments to watch and top athletes to keep an eye on.
When it comes to women’s gymnastics, 19-year-old gymnast Simone Biles is definitely a standout performer. She is an Olympic newcomer, but after becoming the first woman to get three consecutive all-around wins at the World Gymnastics Championships, she is expected to have a major impact at this year’s games.
There will also be a friendly rivalry between US swimmers Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte. Phelps is looking to make this his comeback year but Lochte wants to hold on to the number one spot. And in women’s swimming, the competition will be equally fierce, as their strongest swimmer Katie Ledecky competes with her teammates and the world for Olympic glory.
In women’s beach volleyball Kerri Walsh Jennings will be representing the U.S. in Rio. She’ll be competing for a fourth consecutive gold medal with her new teammate April Ross.
Also make sure to watch the Men and Women’s USA basketball teams as they look to repeat their 2012 gold medal winning performances. Expect to see NBA stars such as Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant, and Draymond Green and WNBA stars such as Brittney Griner, Maya Moore, and Lindsey Whalen. Also, another great women’s team to watch is the U.S. women’s soccer team. Make sure to cheer them on as they go for their fourth straight gold medal.
Allyson Felix, Justin Gatlin, and Emma Coburn are just a few of the athletes that hope to win gold medals in track and field for the U.S. and Ashton Eaton hopes to repeat his 2012 win for Team USA in the decathlon.
Of course all eyes will again be on Usain Bolt as he strives to be the first person to win the 100m and 200m races in three straight Olympic games. Bolt suffered a hamstring injury earlier this year, so things are uncertain for now, but of course his fans around the world will be cheering and hoping he achieves his goal.
At the 2012 Olympic games in London, the top three countries were the US, China, and host country Great Britain. The U.S. won 46 gold medals, China won 38, and the UK won 29. It will be interesting to see who comes away with the most gold medals at this year’s games. But regardless of which country wins the most gold medals, nothing beats seeing the world’s best athletes giving it their all.
Check out the promo below and don’t miss a minute of the 2016 Olympic games in Rio. Catch all the action from August 5 to 21 live on NBC. And don’t forget to check out our dedicated Olympic basketball and soccer channels.
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