This year, the Summer Olympics will be held in Rio de Janiero, Brazil. 2012 was a big year for the US as we took home 104 metals including 46 gold metals, sweeping away the competition for first overall. Will 2016 be a repeat, or will our athletes face greater opposition by star nations China and Russia?
|Missy Franklin, 20, now competes|
on the UC Berkeley swim team.
Let’s take a look at some of the Olympic contenders for Team USA.
On the men’s side, Ryan Lochte and Nathan Adrian return to the pool as the favorites. Even Michael Phelps is in contention for Team USA as his Butterfly records stand undefeated worldwide.
On the women’s side, young 2012 stars Katie Ledecky and Missy Franklin will return to dominate the pool. Get ready for lots of medals, USA!
Sprints and Hurdles:
Lolo Jones will return as a key woman in the hurdles, after a stint at the 2014 Winter Olympics.
Alyson Felix, female sprinting star, is as famous for her speed as she is for her beaming smile. Don’t miss this fierce gal take on Rio 2016.
Tyson Gay will likely compete in the sprinting events for Team USA, alongside longtime Olympian Justin Gatlin.
|Galen Rupp will lead the|
men's long distance.
After a doping allegation last summer, Galen Rupp has come back to prove his talent in the 5K and 10K, including his first attempt at the marathon.
The women's side should include America's best distance runners, including Shalane Flanagan in the marathon and Molly Huddle in the 10K.
A new team of five ladies will take the floor this summer. Look out for young hopefuls Simone Biles and Maggie Nichols, as well as returning gymnasts Gabby Douglas, and Aly Raisman.
The men’s team will have Danell Levya who placed bronze in 2012, as well as Chris Brooks, Jonathon Horton, and others to lookout for.
Follow the athletes of your favorite sport on http://www.teamusa.org/road-to-rio-2016. Who are you betting on to take home the most gold this year? Get ready Team USA, this is an Olympic year!
Post by Katia G., Homework Assistant