There’s no spectacle quite like the Summer Olympics. It’s a time when many of the best athletes in the world gather to compete against each other. For viewers, it’s offers nearly a month of some of the best sports coverage you could ask for. While there are hundreds of incredible athletes to watch this summer, the Americans always boast one of the most impressive groups of athletes in the Olympics.
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Summer Olympics In Rio
The 2016 Rio Olympics are slated to be the most widely viewed in history. From August 5th through August 21st, countries around the world will gather in Rio De Janeiro to compete for medals. These Olympics will even feature a group of refugees competing under the Olympic flag, as they have no country to call home.
Rio 2016: Americans you Should Watch
In the spirit of the national pride, we wanted to highlight a few of the most storied American athletes you’ll be seeing in the Olympics this summer. There are so many athletes worth seeing beyond Americans, and we at Game Gear are excited to see these athletes as well, but we’ll keep the scope narrow in this case. Here are some the American athletes we’re most looking forward to seeing in Rio:
- Simone Biles: Simone Biles is a 3-time world all-around champion and is the favorite to succeed Gabby Douglas for an all-around gold medal this summer. Keep a close eye on her, as the fight for this gold medal is usually thrilling.
- Michael Phelps: Not many believed we would see Michael Phelps again in the 2016 Olympics. He retired after the 2012 Olympics, only to return to training shortly after. He recently qualified for numerous races, and even recorded the fastest times in some of his qualifying races. Look for him in Rio for what he describes as his final Olympic test. He’s adamant that this is his last event, but he said after London, too.
- Katie Ledecky: At 19 years old, Ledecky is already an Olympic gold medalist, and a 9-time world champion. Word from the poolside is that is that she’s just getting started. Look for Katie Ledecky to reel in the gold medals this year.
- Women’s Soccer Team: This will be the 6th Olympics featuring women’s soccer, and none of the previous 5 world cup winners were able to secure a gold medal the following year. Is this team good enough to pull it off?