Road to Rio Olympics- everything you need to know

The Olympic games opening ceremony is taking place either on the night of Friday August 5th or the morning of Saturday 6th August, depending on where you’re watching.
So the countdown to Rio has begun and the wait for the next Olympic games is almost over!

We’ll see 10,500 athletes from 206 countries taking part, with 306 gold medals will be won in total. This is the first Games to be held in South America.

The Opening Ceremony is set to be a low-key affair in relation to London 2012. As Rio are only using around 10% of the budget from four years ago. Nevertheless, the Olympics are always entertaining to watch maybe even more so when things do wrong!

Events to watch 

Fun unusual sports you don’t usually see such as, Taekwondo, Hands solo- solo synchronized swimming (I kid you not), race walking and trampolining.

The Olympic games in 2020 taking place in Tokyo, will feature five new sport additions which include- baseball/softball, sport climbing, surfing, karate and skateboarding. Having recently being approved by the IOC.  ‘We want to take sport to the youth,’ IOC president Thomas Bach is quoted on BBC Sport.


Team GB have several favourites who are tipped to win gold at Rio, with these games potentially being the best away Olympics that GB has ever seen. With a target of 48 medals.

Nicola Adams will be a hot favourite for a second Olympic gold medal in the boxing. Lizzie Armitstead has been a dominant force in women’s cycling, so she is definitely one to watch. Jessica Ennis-Hill celebrates will be hoping to retain her heptathlon title.

Alistair Brownlee will hope to get the better of his brother once again in the triathlon. Mo Farah will be going for another long-distance double.

Chris Froome is bidding for sporting immortality in Brazil, Froome has set himself the ambitious goal of becoming the first rider in history to win the Tour de France and then both the Olympic road race and time trial this year. Such is the scale of the challenge, no rider has even completed an Olympic double, let alone the Tour on top.

Adam Peaty’s swimming success is up against tough competition. Max Whitlock is going for gymnastics gold against fellow team mate Louis Smith. Whilst Greg Rutherford currently holds Olympic, world, European and Commonwealth long-jump titles and is a strong contender for gold at Rio.

Fun Facts

  • Great Britain finished third in the medals table at the London 2012 Olympic Games, winning 29 golds and making 65 trips to the podium in total.
  • Andy Murray has been named as Team GB’s Olympic flag bearer. The Wimbledon champion says it is “an incredible honour” to have been chosen to lead out Team GB in the opening ceremony.

  • Rio de Janeiro have created special Olympic Lanes to try and help the traffic flow. However, this has majorly backfired after the special routes are being blamed for massive 74 mile long queues. Things are only expected to get worse, with half a million people flooding into the city for the Games.
  • The number of men compared to women from Great Britain who have won a gold medal at the Olympics is staggeringly higher. Out of all the 236 gold medals won by Team GB, only 9 per cent were won by women.

  • Even though the Games don’t open until this evening, some competitions have already begun. The women’s football for one, with one record already being beaten. Canada’s Janine Beckie scored the fastest ever Olympic women’s goal just 20 seconds into their encounter with Australia.

Concerns about Rio

However, concerns about Rio have been growing among the media, with reports stating- ‘Rio’s air is more deadly than its water’. A recent study has found that the waters of Rio de Janeiro are so filthy that just three teaspoons of it is sufficient to make you violently ill.

However, an analysis of government data and testing by Reuters found that the city’s air is more deadly than its water.

Rio’s air was neither ‘within the limits recommended by the World Health Organisation’ when the city won the right to host the games in 2009, nor is it now. For years, it has exceeded WHO limits, and thousands die each year from complications related to the poor air quality.

‘This is definitely not “Olympic air”,’ said Paulo Saldiva, a University of Sao Paulo pathologist and member of the WHO committee.

Since 2008, the air in Rio de Janiero has consistently been two to three times above WHO’s annual limit for particulate matter – the most dangerous air pollutant.

‘A lot of attention has been paid to Rio’s water pollution, but far more people die because of air pollution than the water.’

Inspiration to get movin’

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Finally, some stunning photos to get you excited about the Rio Olympics! 

Olympic rings at Rio

Rio De Janeiro, Brazil – August, Aerial view of Christ the Redeemer, Flamengo Beach, the Sugar Loaf and Guanabara Bay 

Aerial view of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games' Beach Volleyball Arena at Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, taken on July 26, 2016. The Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games will be held in Brazil from August 5-21 and September 7-18 respectively.

Aerial view of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games’ Beach Volleyball Arena at Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games will be held in Brazil from August 5-21 and September 7-18 respectively.

Beach Volleyball Arena at Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Aerial view of a mural painting at the Olympic Boulevard which will host free live events during the upcoming Rio 2016 Olympic Games, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Glorious sunset over Rio.

Olympic rings at sunset.