On August 5th, 2016 over 10,000 of the best athletes from around the world will head to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to participate in the XXXI (or 31st) Summer Olympics. It’s an exciting time for the entire world as they eagerly wait to cheer on their favorite athletes, but that’s not all fans are eagerly anticipating. Who will represent their country? Who’s coming out of retirement? Will world records be broken? Will their favorite athletes skip the Olympics altogether? We’re curious too, so we decided to look into what’s happening with some of the athletes representing Team USA at the Olympics:
Swimming: Michael Phelps (the swimmer known as the “most decorated Olympian” with 22 medals) is coming out of retirement to compete in his nal Olympics. What fans are wondering: Will he or won’t he beat his own world records?
Golf: For the rst time since 1904, golf will once again be a part of the Summer Olympics. This should be great news for golf enthusiasts, but many golfers have decided to skip the Olympics because of the Zika virus.
Gymnastics: The five person U.S. women’s gymnastics team has been said to be the best gymnastics team the United States has ever sent to the Olympics. Expectations are high (many think that they’ll take the gold in every competition!), but Aly Raisman, Gabby Douglas, Laurie Hernandez, Madison Kocian, and Simone Biles are keeping it cool and focusing on training and practicing for the Olympics.