2016 Summer Olympics by Private Jet
The countdown has come to an end and the most anticipated sport event of the year is officially underway. The 2016 Olympic Games have taken over Rio de Janeiro from the 5-21 of August, with the opening and closing ceremonies set to take place in the historical Maracana Stadium. We’ve put together a short list of some of the events we think you simply can’t miss, with a quick introduction to Rio itself.
The Rio Olympic Village
More than 17,000 delegates are expected to arrive in Rio for the Olympic Games, and they will enjoy world-class facilities at the new Rio Olympic Village complex situated in Barra da Tijuca. The village is divided into 31 buildings which have all been designed to cater to the specific needs of the athletes, to ensure they’re on top form for their events.
Main Sporting Attractions
With 42 sporting activities taking place in one location, the 2016 Summer Olympics promise to be another remarkable sporting event. You can look forward to more than 300 competitions which will see 10,000 athletes competing for 306 medals. Because we know you can’t follow all the sporting action, below, in no particular order are some of the events that you won’t want to miss.
#1 Tennis, Women's Singles Gold-Medal Match
Even if you’re not a tennis fan, you don’t want to miss seeing Serena Williams battling it out on the tennis court. The Williams sisters, Serena and Venus, have won doubles gold medals three times (Sydney 2000, Beijing 2008 and London 2012) - it will be intriguing to see whether Serena, who recently won her seventh Wimbledon singles title, will be able to walk out victorious as the defending Olympic singles champion at these Olympics.
#2 Swimming, Men's 200-Meter Individual Medley
During the USA Olympic Trials this event was among the most anticipated, and chances are that it will be among the highlighted events in this set of Olympics too. The two rivals to watch out for in the men’s individual swimming medley are Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte. Phelps holds the title of most decorated Olympian of all time, with the most Olympic medals on record.
#3 Track and Field, Men’s 100-Meter Race
The men’s 100-meter race is among the few Olympic events where you will find the last three Summer Games champions competing against each other again. Contenders for the gold medal include Jamaica’s Usain Bolt, who is the world’s fastest man as well as America’s Justin Gatlin.
About Rio de Janeiro
The lively city of Rio de Janeiro is a popular tourist destination. So if you’re thinking of taking advantage of the Summer Olympics being held in Rio by making it your holiday escape, its white sandy beaches are just one of the reasons that visitors flock to this beautiful Brazilian city.
The Maracana Stadium
Besides the fact that it has staged the opening and is yet to stage the closing ceremony of the Olympic Games, the Maracana Stadium is one of Rio de Janeiro’s most significant landmarks and is the largest stadium in South America, with a current capacity of 80,000.