It’s been approximately 2,700 years since the ancient Olympics started in Olympia, Greece and 120 years since the start of the modern Olympics, but that doesn’t mean that these games get boring with the same things happening year after year. No, quite the opposite actually. Although traditions like the way the torch is lit continue from game to game, many things are unique to each Olympic games. Here are some things that are new to the Rio Summer Olympics:
- Location, Location, Location!
The Olympics has never been held in South America — until now. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil won the bid to host the Olympic games 10 years ago and is now throwing one of the biggest sporting events in the world.
2. Winter or Summer?
Winter is the next best thing to summer, at least for the Rio Summer Olympics. It may sound a bit odd, but since Brazil is located in the Southern Hemisphere, it’s actually winter there. It’s true! But no need to worry, the average temperature in Rio during the month of August is a warm 66° – 78° Fahrenheit, so summer events can still be held.
3. New to the game?
Well, they’re not exactly new, but it has taken over 100 years for golf and rugby to make it back to the Olympic games.
4. Refugee Olympic Athletes
This year, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) welcomed a new team to the games. Team Refugee Olympic Athletes was formed in response to the over 60 million people who are considered refugees worldwide. These athletes had to ee their home country and escape extreme circumstances such as war.