The official conclusion to the 2016 Summer Olympics (or, as it is more widely and popularly known, Rio 2016) has recently arrived, and participating nations are headed home with proud competitors, many of whom are celebrating proud victory at this vaunted competition. As previously implied, this year’s Summer Olympics took place in Rio de Janeiro (literally, “City of January” in Portuguese), one of the most populated cities in South America and located along the coast of Brazil. The contest was quite beholden around the world, but just in case you may have missed it (or are viewing this from the future), here lies coverage of some key happenings and interesting tidbits that took place amid this athletic competition of nations.
The 2016 Summer Olympics featured a staggering 306 events across 28 unique sports, including cycling, archery, boxing, shooting, various different aquatic activities, judo, gymnastics, handball, volleyball, and weightlifting (and that is barely scratching the surface)! In addition to these sports historically included in the Olympic Games, 2 newcomer sports also applied and were approved for inclusion in this year’s competition: golf and rugby sevens.
Thousands of athletes ultimately participated in Olympic events in Rio, but not all of them brought home as many medals as the top competitors of this season! Among the notable athletes based on performance and accumulated awards are
- Michael Phelpsfrom the U.S. for Swimming
- Usain Bolt from Jamaica for Track and Field
- Katinka Hosszú from Hungary for Swimming
Full segments on these athletes will follow the release of this overview in the coming week.
Other athletes taking home some medals include Simone Biles (noteworthy U.S. competitor with 4 golds and 1 bronze for Gymnastics), Jason Kenny (of the U.K. with 3 golds for Track Cycling) and gold-winner Gabriel Barbosa (Brazil’s very own soccer athlete).
Top 10 National Rankings as of August 21, 2016
Over 200 member nations of the International Olympic Committee competed in this summer’s Olympic Games. Approximately 87 National Olympic Committee teams acquired medals following all events, the majority of which brought home at least one gold medal. The Top 10 competing nations in this season are ranked as follows:
- United States, with 46 Gold, 37 Silver, and 38 Bronze
- Great Britain, with 27 Gold, 23 Silver, and 17 Bronze
- China, with 26 Gold, 18 Silver, and 26 Bronze
- Russia, with 19 Gold, 18 Silver, and 19 Bronze
- Germany, with 17 Gold, 10 Silver, and 15 Bronze
- Japan, with 12 Gold, 8 Silver, and 21 Bronze
- France, with 10 Gold, 8 Silver, and 14 Bronze
- South Korea, with 9 Gold, 3 Silver, and 9 Bronze
- Italy, with 8 Gold, 12 Silver, and 8 Bronze
- Australia, with 8 Gold, 11 Silver, and 10 Bronze
*It is worth noting that, although some nations accumulated more overall medals, placement of others ensured higher overall rank.
The nation that accumulated the most medals this year was the United States, with 121 total medals.