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Rio 2016 Olympic Facts and History

By Melissa Gutierrez
Posted On Mar 04, 2016
Rio 2016 Olympic Facts and History

Bom dia friends! Just practicing my Portuguese to perfect it by the time August rolls around because Rio de Jainero will be hosting the 2016 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games! I don’t know about you, but I plan on stepping up my selfie game in #Rio2016 legooo!

Rio 2016 Olympic Facts and History
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If you’ve never been to Brazil this is a great reason to visit South America’s biggest country. Think Carnaval, mountains, beaches, and Caipirinhas all day (um, count me in)! But, even if you can’t make it south this year, the Olympics will be the hottest event this summer. So here are some fun facts about this year’s Games to impress your peeps:

  • This will be the first Olympic Games hosted in South America- vamos Sur America!
  • 10,500 athletes from 206 countries will be competing.
  • During the 17-day long (August 5-21) Games, there will be 306 medal events: 136 women’s events, 161 men’s events, and 9 mixed events.

Also, a team made up exclusively of refugees is set to compete in Rio! The athletes will be known as the Team of Refugee Olympic Athletes (ROA). A total of 43 athletes globally earmarked to compete in refugee team, but only 10 of them will be selected to compete at this summer’s Games.


Rio 2016 Olympic Facts and History
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And of course, we couldn’t ignore the rich history of the city itself. Here’s a little fun history lesson to impress the biggest of history buffs out there:

  • April 22, 1500: the present day Brazilian state of Bahia is discovered by a Portuguese fleet.
  • 1808: fleeing from the French invasion in Portugal, the Royal Family escaped to Rio de Jainero.
  • September 7, 1822: Brazil claims its independence from Portugal.
  • 1960: Brazil’s capital is transferred from Rio to Brasilia.
  • 1964: a military coup establishes a dictatorship in Brazil.
  • 1985: after 20 years, the dictatorship comes to an end.
  • 2009: Rio is elected to host the 2016 summer Games.
  • 2014: Germany beats Argentina in the World Cup final at the Maracana Stadium.
  • 2016: Rio de Jainero hosts the first Olympic Games in South America!
Rio 2016 Olympic Facts and History
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I don’t know about you, but this summer just got that much more exciting. Olympic Games, may the odds be ever in your favor!