You must be rooting for certain athletes in the Rio Olympics 2016. Some of them may already be famous personalities in their sport as competitors in major annual international events while some are newbies whom you feel are gonna be major contenders.Others could have made their presence known in the previous Olympics and are favorites to win in the current one. Despite the veterans expected to dominate, every Olympic event can have a few talented young blood determined to dethrone the greats and make their presence known in the sports world. Anticipate sports drama and find out the best athletes to watch for in Rio Olympics 2016.
The Top Athletes Of The Rio Olympics 2016
I could still remember how Michael Phelps racked up all the Gold at the Beijing Olympics in 2008. People around the world, including those who don’t usually watch sports, held their breath after Phelp’s seventh win, hoping he would make history and alter the record books in swimming. Phelp’s destiny unfolded before the world and became the most decorated Olympic athlete in sports history.
We have come to love the glory that these talented athletes bring, yet nothing’s more glorious than seeing the young ones rise up to the occasion and seek the same path forged by their own sports heroes. So we’ve rounded up some of the potential record breakers and old timers – the best athletes in the Rio Olympics 2016.
1. Simone Biles
Simone Biles was too young to compete in London so many did not know her. No one flies higher and performs harder routines in artistic gymnastics than her. The young woman that is said to be the Michael Jordan in her sport has already participated in 3 Gold Medal winners in Rio–and she’s not even finished yet.
2. Katie Ledecky
Katie Ledecky is called the best swimmer on the planet. She started building her legacy by winning her first gold in the London Olympics at the age of 15. She broke ten world records, including a few that she set herself. Ledecky had a spectacular run in this year’s Rio Olympics by grabbing 4 Gold medals and one Silver medal in the women’s freestyle swimming competition.
3. Aliya Mustafina
Aliya Mustafina came from a family of gifted athletes. She has a sister who’s also a gymnast and her father, Farhat Mustafin, a Greco-Roman wrestling bronze medalist at the 1976 Summer Olympics. As a very talented gymnast, Aliya has been closely compared to Russian gymnast great Svetlana Khorkina. Currently, she’s already won a Gold medal in the uneven bars at Rio and is expected to win in the remaining events.
4. Andre De Grasse
As a young phenom from Canada, Andre De Grasse has caught the attention of the sprinting world. Scouts line up to see him practice and would go as far as talking to his mother to sign him up. De Grasse won 2 Gold medals in both 100 and 200-meter competitions in the 2015 Pan Am games yet won only the Bronze in this year’s Olympics. But with youth on his side, Andre has a long way to go and expected to dominate in years to come.
5. Ashton Eaton
Ashton Eaton is a world class decathlete from Oregon who won the Gold in the 2012 London Olympics. He holds several world records in the sport and a huge favorite to win in Rio due to his immense talent and superb conditioning.
6. Bradley Wiggins
Bradley Wiggins has been winning for as long as he’s been on a bike. A decade of striving has brought him a string of major honors. He has won world championships, Olympic Gold medals, and Grand tours including the 2012 Tour de France. Wiggins is part of the British team that won the Gold in the Men’s Team Pursuit in Cycling at the Rio 2016.
7. Usain Bolt
Usain Bolt showed enormous potential as a sprinter ever since he started track and field. As a young athlete people who knew him always believed that he could do great things for the sport. Usain Bolt would win the Gold in every sprinting event from 2008 until the present whether it’s World Championships or the Olympic Games. The fastest man alive is set for another gold streak in Rio already winning the gold for the 100-meter sprint.
8. Serena Williams
Serena Williams has been dominating women’s tennis for so long. She’s the biggest hitter on the women’s tour and has a massive serve. Williams’ hunger and desperation of needing to win is unbelievable which makes her a heavy favorite to win in this year’s Rio Olympics for team USA.
9. Michael Phelps
Phelps is the most decorated Olympian in history and still an athlete to watch after eight long years since his phenomenal performance in Beijing. He came out of retirement along with qualifying for the US swimming team for the Rio Olympics. Michael Phelps did not disappoint his fans as he racked up 5 more Gold medals and a Silver to conclude his sensational career.
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Unlike ordinary people, Olympic athletes strive to be the best in what they do despite their inborn talent. We think we know how hard they work as shown on television, but that is just a small percentage of the true magnitude of their training. It takes real discipline, unwavering motivation, and laser focus even for athletes with world class caliber to succeed.
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