10 Ways to Follow Summer Games 2016
Gabriella Schwarz / August 4, 2016
Friday night is the official kick off to the summer Olympics in Rio, the culmination of years practice and training for athletes across the world. Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time, will serve as the U.S. flag bearer at the opening ceremony, an honor bestowed on him by his fellow athletes. Phelps is one of 554 U.S. athletes expected to compete in Rio over the next 19 days.
The lead-up to the Summer Games has been colored by turmoil in Rio, including the Zika virus outbreak, contaminated water, unfinished competition sites and political corruption. Though a number of high-profile athletes decided not to participate because of concerns, 7,000 hours of coverage are expected to air between Friday and August 21, when the Games end.
Much of the attention in the U.S. has centered around the U.S. women’s gymnastics team, the reigning gold medalists, and rockstar Simone Biles. Other events in swimming, running and diving are also highly anticipated.
Track the standing of Team U.S.A., which athletes come out ahead, and how Rio fares under the international microscope, with these 10 destinations on Flipboard:
1. Summer Games 2016: Read the latest on the competition, profiles of the athletes and see photos from Rio in this package curated around the clock by the Flipboard News Desk.
2. Team U.S.A.: Learn more about the U.S. athletes currently in Rio.
3. Gymnastics: The U.S. women’s gymnastics team left London in 2012 with the gold. See if they’re able to achieve the same this time.
6. Simone Biles: Biles has already broken records and dominated the coverage over the past few months. Will the hype translate to medals?
7. Michael Phelps: This Olympics marks Phelps’ fifth and final time competing for Team U.S.A. Follow his 2016 journey.
10. Water: Reports of contaminated water in Rio have sparked larger conversations about the cleanliness of this vital natural resource around the world.