ROAD TO RIO: Athletes talk about grueling training

Still frame from NBC Olympics video

The Olympics are weeks away and that means athletes around the world are in the final stages of training for possibly the greatest moment of their lives. That moment could be winning a medal in Rio – or just not having to train anymore.

NBC Olympics talked with athletes about their grueling training. Watch the video to see what they had to say. 

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW: The Road to Rio — 2016 Summer Olympics

Find out whether the athletes in the video made Team USA:

  • Todd Harris: Harris qualified for the Olympics in the shot put.
  • Matt Centrowitz: Centrowitz is heading to his second Olympics. He will compete in the 1,500-meter race.
  • Paige Selenski: Selenski was not named to the USA Field Hockey roster but is traveling to Rio as an alternate for the team.
  • Tony Azevedo: Azevedo will compete with the water polo team in Rio.
  • Connor Fields: Fields will be in Rio as a part of the BMX team.
  • Dawn Harper-Nelson: Harper-Nelson did not qualify for Rio. She won gold in the 100-meter hurdles at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and silver in the event in 2012 in London.
  • Gevvie Stone: Stone will compete in rowing in Rio.
  • Nathan Adrian: Adrian is a three-time Olympic gold medalist. He will compete in the 50-meter and 100-meter freestyles in Rio.
  • Steven Lopez: Lopez is a two-time Olympic gold medalist in taekwondo. He’s going back to Rio with Team USA.
  • Alise Post: Post will compete with the U.S. BMX team in Rio.

The Opening Ceremony for the Rio Olympic Games can be seen August 5 on News Channel 8. News Channel 8’s Paul Ryan will be in Rio with live reports during the Olympics, which run from Aug. 5 – 21.

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