Olympic Facts: Kick off the Rio Games with these fun tidbits

Michael Phelps swims in a men's 200-meter butterfly semifinal at the U.S. Olympic swimming trials Tuesday. AP Photo
  1. Rio 2016 will be the first time in Olympic history that a South American country has hosted the Games.
  2. Around 10,500 athletes from 206 countries are expected to take part in 17 days of the Olympiad, competing across 306 events.
  3. Rugby Sevens makes its debut at the Rio Games, with both the U.S. women’s and men’s teams considered medal contenders.
  4. Golf will return to the Olympics after a 112-year absence.
  5. The Rio Games will be the first to feature Olympians born in the year 2000.
  6. The mascot for 2016 is “Vinicius,” a yellow and blue creature representing Brazilian wildlife.
  7. Organizers say they will prepare 60,000 meals per day to feed the athletes.
  8. Around 85,000 soldiers and policemen will be deployed — the largest security force assembled at any event in Brazil’s history and twice as large as the security presence for London 2012.
  9. Michael Phelps has won more gold medals than anyone else in history. This year he will try to beat his current 22 medal standing.
  10. Gymnast Simone Biles has won 14 world medals (10 gold, two silver and two bronze), which is the most in U.S history.
  11. Kerry Walsh Jennings, in her first event following surgery, won gold at the Rio Grand Slam on March 13, 2016. It was her 51st career FIVB gold and first gold in 2016 Olympic qualification.
  12. Micahel Phelps is still the world-record holder for the 100m butterfly (49.82 seconds), 200m butterfly (1:51.51) and 400m individual medley (4:03.84). In addition, his teams hold records in the 4x100m (3:08.24) and 4x200m freestyle (6:58.55) relays.
  13. The United States has won more medals (2,189) at the Summer Games than any other country.
  14. The five Olympic rings represent the five major regions of the world: Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe and Oceana. Every national flag in the world includes one of the five colors, which are blue, yellow, black, green and red.
  15. Two continents – Africa and Antarctica – have never hosted an Olympic Games.

The information here is from NBC Olympics.

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