The Road To Rio

In a few weeks, top athletes from all over the world will meet in Rio, Brazil to compete in the 2016 Summer Olympics. This year’s event will feature 41 different sports, ranging from archery to Greco-Roman wrestling. Will you be one of the millions of viewers tuning in to support your country?

This year will be a big one for the United States. In the men’s basketball world, beloved coach, Mike “Coach K” Krzyzewski, will be stepping down after this year’s games. He previously led the men’s team to two straight gold medals.

Michael Phelps will be back in the spotlight as well and he’ll be looking to add to his impressive 18 Olympics’ gold medal count. It’s rumored that this may be his last Olympics, but in the world of sports, anything is possible.

The Olympics don’t come without controversy though. Health and safety concerns were issues for the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, and this year, many are concerned about the possibility of contracting the Zika virus. In fact, some athletes that qualified for this year’s games declined the opportunity due to this concern.

For viewers in the United States, one of the most exciting things about the Olympics being held in South America is that they’ll be able to watch more events in real-time since Rio is only one hour ahead of the U.S. Eastern time zone. During the 2014 winter games, many of the event winners were posted on social media almost immediately which spoiled the results for people waiting to view the pre-recorded events on TV.

Best of luck to all of the athletes around the world!