2016 Rio Summer Olympic Games
As you all know, the 2016 Rio Summer Olympic Games have ended… But here are a few tidbits I wrote about some of the athletes I found interesting and worth watching. Enjoy!
At just 4 feet 9 inches, Simone Biles is a legendary gymnast. Simone didn’t have the best childhood, but she had many people along the way that supported her as best they could. Biles mom wasn’t ready to raise children, due to her drug and alcohol struggles, so she put Simone and her siblings in foster care. After a few years, Ron, Simone’s biological grandfather, adopted her and her sister Adria. He and his wife Nellie, are now Simone and Adria’s parents. Aside from this, Biles is successfully moving her Olympic career forward. During the 2016 Rio Olympic games, Simone Biles, Aly Raisman, Gabby Douglas, Laurie Hernandez, and Madison Kocian all became the Final Five. They all worked hard and won gold for the U.S in gymnastics. No matter what Biles faces, she will always make it right back up to the top.
At the mere age of 15, Katie Ledecky proved that she was destined for greatness. During the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Ledecky won a gold medal in the women’s 800m freestyle and also broke the American record.. She continued to show her potential at the 2013 World Aquatics Championships, by setting 2 world records and winning 4 gold medals in the 400, 800, 1500-meter freestyle and the 4×200-meter freestyle relay. This is year during the 2016 Rio Olympics Katie Ledecky won gold in the 200, 400, 800-meter freestyle, and getting gold in the 4×200-meter freestyle relay (with Allison Schmitt, Leah Smith, and Maya DiRado)… Along with all of that, she, Simone Manuel, Abbey Weitzeil, and Dana Vollmer all earned gold, and broke an American time in the 4×100-meter freestyle relay. Katie Ledecky continues to impress us all, with her amazing swimming powers!
- Michael Phelps has 28 Olympic medals (just Olympic, not counting World Championships and other competitions) and out of those 28, 23 are gold. I don’t even know what to say about Phelps… He’s basically a god. Michael was born is the most decorated Olympian ever. Even after winning 8 gold medals in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, he felt like that wasn’t enough. So he came back during the 2012 Summer Olympics and just took home some more in the 100m butterfly, 200m medley, 4x200m freestyle, 4×100 medley, 200m butterfly, and 4x100m freestyle.. Even after winning 22 medals, he still wanted to prove that he could do it. He came into the opening ceremony of the 2016 Olympics waving the American flag, loud and proud, with the rest of Team U.S.A right behind him. The first event he swam he earned a gold medal, then he earned 4 more gold and 1 silver in the 200m butterfly, 200m medley, 4x100m freestyle, 4.200m freestyle, 4x100m medley, and the 100m butterfly. Michael Phelps is truly a phenomenon.
Ashton Eaton is an American decathlete. He holds the world record for the decathlon and the indoor heptathlon events. He has 2 Olympic gold medals, 1 from the 2012 London Olympics (decathlon) and 1 from the 2016 Rio Olympics (decathlon). He holds the world record for most points scored (9,045) for the events 100m, 400m, and 1,500m races, long jump, shot put, high jump, 110m hurdles, discus throw, pole vault, and javelin throw. His wife, Brianne Theisen-Eaton is the Canadian record holder for the women’s outdoor competition for the heptathlon. The U.S decathlon team is very to have Ashton Eaton on their side!
The 2016 Rio Olympics were Maya’s first and sadly last Olympics. Maya told NBC that she has found a job with Mckinsey & Company, a worldwide management consulting firm. She has everything laid out in front of her, she graduated from Stanford, trained for the Olympics, and got a job offer at Mckinsey & Company. I really admire the way DiRado has everything planned out the way she wants, I like the way she added a little bit of everything! She is an awesome Olympic swimmer and has won 4 Olympic medals (2 gold, 1 silver, 1 bronze) in her first Olympics! She won them in the 200m backstroke, 4x200m freestyle, 400m medley, and 200m medley. Maya DiRado is one of my idols!
These were just a few of the amazing athletes in the Olympic Games. I admire all the athletes, no matter what country, gender, age… I think all of them are amazing people. If you watched the Olympics and have any athletes you loves watching, please comment!