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2016 Summer Olympic Fun Facts

bigstock--136557311Olympics: August 5-21
Paralympics: September 7-18

  • Opening Ceremony to be held at the Maracana Stadium
  • Events take place at 32 venues in Rio, and 5 football fields in co-host cities, Belo Horizonte, Brasilia, Manaus, Salvador and São Paulo.
  • 206 nations participation

How many?

  • 10,500 athletes from 206 countries competing in 42 different sports, 306 events


  • This is the first time the Olympics will be held in South America.
  • This year, the Olympic Games  welcome the first refugee team to ever compete. 10 athletes (each a refugee) have been given the dream opportunity of going for gold in Rio. The six male and four female athletes will walk into the opening ceremony ahead of host country Brazil.

The Torch’s Journey

  • It took 95 days for the Olympic torch to travel to Brazil, making its way through 83 cities, 26 state capitals and 500 towns. It arrived on May 3.

The Rings

  • The five Olympic Rings represent the five major regions of the world, Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe and Oceania; and every national flag in the world includes one of the five colours of the rings (blue, yellow, black, green and red).

For TV Watchers

  • Total (live) broadcasting hours: 5,600

Olympic History & Lore

  • Year of the first Olympics (Ancient games): 776 BC
  • Suspended in 393 AD
  • Re-instated as our “Modern Olympics”: 1896, held in Athens
  • In 1994, the games were changed from being held every 4 years, to Summer and Winter being held separately, alternating every two years.

The Sports

  • Summer Olympic Sports: archery, badminton, basketball, beach volleyball, boxing, canoe/kayak, cycling, diving, equestrian, fencing, field hockey, golf gymnastics, handball, judo, modern pentathlon (shooting, fencing, swimming, show jumping and running), mountain biking, rowing, sailing, shooting, soccer, swimming, synchronized swimming, table tennis, taekwondo, tennis, track and field triathlon (swimming, biking, running), volleyball, water polo, weightlifting , and wrestling.

FlagTeam Canada:

  • Canada’s Olympic Team features 65 athletes
  • 7 of our athletes are medal winners from Beijing

Some names to watch:

  • High jumpers Derek Drouin and Shawn Barber
  • 100m runner, Andre De Grasse
  • Javelin thrower Liz Gleadle
  • Middle distance runner Melissa Bishop
  • Sprinter Aaron Brown • Golfer Brooke Henderson
  • Kew Beach residents – swimmers Penny Oleksiak and Javier Acevedo

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