Facts About The Olympics

Facts About The Olympics

WALT:  Understand how the Olympic values are demonstrated in Rio 2016.

1 - Rio 2016 will be the first time in Olympic history that a South American country has hosted the Games. The city won its bid in 2009, beating out Chicago, Madrid and Tokyo.
2 - The torch relay has began on April 21 in the Games' birthplace — Olympia in Greece — before traveling across Brazil for more than 90 days and finishing in Rio on August 5. While in Greece, it has passed through the Eloenas refugee camp, near Athens, where one resident has been selected as a torch bearer.

3 - The opening and closing ceremonies will be held in Rio's Maracanã Stadium, which boasts the world record for the most fans ever to attend a soccer game. Although its current capacity is around 78,000, the stadium squeezed in at least 173,000 fans during the 1950 World Cup final. Maracanã hosted the World Cup final again in 2014.
4 - Around 10,500 athletes from 206 countries were expected to take part in 17 days of the Olympiad, competing across 306 events.
5 - The competition has taken place in four different areas: Copacabana, whose world-famous beach will host beach volleyball; Barra, home to the Olympic Park; Deodoro, for aquatics, BMX, and equestrian centers; and Maracanã, which features two large stadiums.

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