ROAD TO RIO: Agony is typical in some sports

Still frame from NBC Olympics video

The Rio Olympics are just weeks away and they will undoubtedly be filled with color and passion, and spectacular performances.

There will also be pain, torture and agony. In some sports, they are all the same thing.

NBC Olympics talked with cyclists about expecting – and battling – the agony. Watch the video to see what they said.

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

Here is more information on the athletes from this video:

  • Sarah Hammer: Hammer will compete in track cycling for the U.S. during the Rio Olympics. She left London after the 2012 Olympic Games as the most decorated U.S. cyclist from that competition.
  • Evelyn Stevens: Stevens will be competing in Rio as part of the U.S. cycling team.
  • Alex Howes: Howes, a road cyclist, will not be competing 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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