Thursday, 11 August 2016

Published Thursday, August 11, 2016 with 2 comments

Rio Olympics 2016: Must-know Facts

Rio Olympics are the talk of every circle, sports or non-sports. If you haven’t had much time catching up and feel lost in these Olympic conversations, here’s a quick fact list to help you come around.

  • The Russian controversy – Over 68 Russian Athletes along with other sports champions were banned from the Olympics after testing positive for drugs. The entire athletics and weightlifting teams have been banned, while there’s a partial ban on aquatics, canoeing and kayaking, cycling, modern pentathlon, rowing, sailing and wrestling.

  • Famous International champions you must know
    • Usain Bolt – This Jamaican is the world record holder 100 m and 200m. He has won gold six times in Olympics and is popularly known as the fastest man alive.
    • Shelly Ann Fraser – The Lady Usain Bolt. Well, not really because no one’s as fast as Usain, but the girl’s a champion in 100 m and is going for her 3rd straight gold in Olympics.
    • Neymar – Brazil’s soccer sensation is seen as the promising hero who will revive Brazil from the shock and embarrassment of it’s World Cup loss to Germany.
    • Caster Semenya – Remember the Caster Semenya controversy? The South African athlete was judged for her manly-appearance and was ordered to undergo gender test to prove she was a woman. The test showed a naturally high level of testosterone, allowing her to compete in the women’s category. If Caster does win, which she in all probability will, it is likely to bring her more controversy than acclaim. Sad though.
    • Novak Djokovic – This handsome Serbian has won not just trophies but hearts with his Tennis. He completed the Grand Slam by winning all four major Tennis championships across the globe. Winning an Olympic gold will give him Golden Slam, and make him immortal in Tennis with the likes of Andre Agassi and Rafael Nadal.

  • American champions you must know
    • Michael Phelps – This American champion swimmer has done America proud like none other. At 31, Phelps is the highest winner of Olympic medals, 22 in all including 18 gold. This is his last Olympic.
    • Simone Biles – This young American has already won 3 world championships and 4 US championships and she is just 19. There are very high expectations from Simone in Rio.
    • Ashton Eaton – Ashton is the winner of last Olympics gold medal and a popular contender at Rio. Ashton won with a lead of 300 points in his last race.
    • Serena Williams – After having won four Olympics already, Serena is in for her next two this time at Rio, one for singles and one for doubles with her sister Venus.
    • Katie Ledecky – Katie swims like a fish and is all out to fish gold at Rio. She is the world champion and Olympic winner already in freestyle swimming.
    • Justin Gatlin – Justin won his Olympic bronze at 34 after facing a 4-year ban for doping. He is America’s best bet against Usain Bolt.
    • Kerri Walsh Jennings – Kerri has won Olympic gold in beach volleyball not once, not twice but thrice already and is now up for her straight fourth.



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