Amazing Athletes at Rio
Games of the XXXI Olympiad – Rio de Janeiro, 2016
We’ve seen many great performances by amazing athletes at the Rio Olympics. We’ve seen Jamaica’s Usain Bolt win the men’s 100 metre sprint for the third time. This makes him the first track and field athlete to compete in the same event at three Olympic Games and win the gold medal each time.
We’ve also seen American swimmer Michael Phelps become the most successful Olympic athlete ever. He first competed at the Sydney Olympics in 2000 when he was only 15 years old. He didn’t win a medal in Sydney, but since then he’s won more Olympic medals than anyone else in history. He’s won a total of 28 medals in freestyle, butterfly, backstroke and medley competitions, including 23 gold medals.
Many younger athletes have also done amazing things at the Rio Olympics. Kyle Chalmers is an 18-year-old swimmer from Australia who surprised everyone, including himself, by winning gold in the men’s 100m freestyle. And Simone Biles, a 19-year-old African American gymnast, has won four gold medals and a bronze in her first Olympics. After showing her amazing skill and talent in gymnastics she became many people’s favourite athlete at Rio.
But representing your country at the Olympic Games is an amazing achievement in itself, even if you don’t win a medal. For some people their favourite athlete is someone like this from their own country who trains hard and does his or her best, no matter what their chance of winning might be. But for others their favourite is an Olympic star who’s won lots of medals, no matter which country they come from. Tell us which of the athletes in Rio you like the best in the comment box below:
Who’s your favourite athlete at the Rio Olympics, and why?
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backstroke (noun): a swimming stroke you do while lying on your back
butterfly (noun): a face-down swimming stroke in which you move both arms forward at the same time
freestyle (noun): a swimming event in which swimmers are free to use any style
medley (noun): a race that includes one or more laps in each of four different swimming styles
sprint (noun): a short, fast race run over a distance of 400 metres or less
track and field (noun): running, jumping and throwing events in athletics that take place on a running track or the field enclosed by the track