Welcome to August, and welcome back, Team SQ! The Opening Ceremony of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro is this Friday, August 5th. Are you ready?
QUIPS FOR THIS WEEK
So, this Friday is the Opening Ceremony in Rio. You’ve been hearing a lot about the problems Brazil is encountering with setup, but by this week it all has to be ironed out because the 555 Olympians are coming in (or, most of them)!
Keep an eye out for these competitors:
- It’s Michael Phelps’ last hurrah – He’s 31, and this is his final Olympics. He’s the only male swimmer to make it to five Olympic teams
- Serena Williams – The dominant player is playing singles, and doubles with her sister Venus
- Katie LeDecky – The 19-year-old swimmer won a gold medal in London, and holds the world record in the 800m
- Simone Biles – The gymnast has won four consecutive national championships and three consecutive world championships
- Ashton Eaton – He won the decathlon in London, and the last two world championships
- Usain Bolt – The Jamaican track and field medalist says this is his last Olympics
- Neymar – The Brazilian soccer star will try to lead his country’s team to their first gold medal
- Novak Djokovic – He completed a career Grand Slam this year, and if he wins his first gold medal he will complete a Golden Slam. Only Andre Agassi and Rafael Nadal have accomplished Golden Slams in men’s singles
- Beezie Madden – now, here’s a name you may not know! She’s 52 years old (the oldest female athlete on Team USA), a three-time Olympic medalist, and this is her fourth Olympic appearance
Who won’t be there: Jason Day (golf), Jordan Spieth (golf), Rory McIlroy (golf), Steph Curry (basketball), Kawhi Leonard (basketball), LeBron James (basketball), Russell Westbrook (basketball), Chris Paul (basketball), Roger Federer (tennis)
Of note, it’s interesting that this year is the first in many years that we’ll be able to see golf in the Olympics. But, since so many golfers have decided not to play, maybe this is golf’s last year, too.
JUST FOR FUN
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WSJ is predicting that Team USA will win the gold and overall medal races, and they’re attributing it to our female athletes
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