Following the Olympics, the course will remain open as the nation's second public golf course, though plenty are skeptical that a golf boon will happen in soccer-mad Brazil. Olympic Committee has signaled to domestic sports federations that any athlete with misgivings can opt out. Serena and Venus have not played doubles together since the 2014 U. Open and Serena has said that she may want to play mixed doubles as well.The Zika virus began in Brazil and now carries the World Health Organization's designation as a "global health emergency." With the disease now implicated in birth defects, women athletes either pregnant or considering childbirth are likely to skip the Games. The 33-year-old currently holds 21 Grand Slam titles, but depending on her performances at the French Open and Wimbledon, she could pass Steffi Graf's mark of 22 major titles ahead of the Games.And whether it’s in the pool, on the track, in the sand, on a balance beam or on the roads, one thing is for sure: history will be made.April 27 marks 100 days until the Summer Games will officially begin on Aug."He's going to be very, very hard to beat."Rio will be Usain Bolt's last Olympics, and he will be trying to win the 100 meters, 200 meters and 4x100-meter relay for the third consecutive time.
Out of the pool, Phelps has managed his fair share of problems, including a DUI, which resulted in a six-month suspension by USA Swimming and a 45-day stay in rehab.A silver medal at the 2015 world championships and victories at the American Cup and Jesolo Trophy to open 2016 prove the comeback is no joke.The competition with Simone Biles will be tight, but another win would make Douglas the first all-around champ to compete at back-to-back Olympics since Nadia Comaneci did it in 1976 and '80.Does he have one more show-stopping performance left? Already the most decorated female gymnast in history, Biles is ready to add an Olympic gold medal to her collection. More than 219 million people viewed the London Olympics--the current record for a single event--but Rio offers a much more television-friendly climate. First, there's the huge swath of established Olympic stars (Usain Bolt and Michael Phelps, to name two) competing in Rio. Unlike London (five hours ahead of the East Coast) and Sochi (nine hours ahead), Rio is just one hour ahead of the Eastern Time Zone). Katie Ledecky made waves in 2012 when she won the 800-meter freestyle at just 15 years old. Arguably the most dominant swimmer in the pool right now, Ledecky is the first swimmer to ever sweep the 200m, 400m, 800m and 1500m frees in a major international competition.Here's an Olympic-sized guarantee: The Rio Games are going to be the most-watched television event in U. Only Debbie Meyer has swept the 200m, 400m and 800m free events at the Olympics before, so Ledecky will be chasing history--and world records--in Rio. has as good a chance as any team to become the first, having triumphed in four of the five Olympic tournaments.
Rio 2016 is the sixth Olympics to feature women's soccer, and none of the previous five have seen the reigning World Cup champion win the gold medal. Following a bronze medal at the 1988 Olympics, USA basketball went pro, filling the roster--and coaching staff--with NBA stars.