Breaking Records at the Rio Olympics

team-usaBY AMANDA MOSES

The Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janerio, Brazil came to a close on Sunday with a blaze of color, samba music and beautiful dance routines. Every four years, countries around the world assemble their best athletes to compete in the world’s largest sporting event that includes people from various nations gathering at the same time and the same place.The amazing women breaking sporting records was one of the most talked about things during the Olympics.

The Olympics has been around for over a hundred years. In fact, these games are based on similar sporting events held by the Greeks in ancient Athens (776 BCE). These competitions brought people together and encouraged peace, much like the goals of the games now. In addition, the Olympic Movement promotes the practice of equality in sports around the world.

The women of the 2016 Olympics were the most notable, breaking records and raising the bar for all athletes. Team USA managed to win the most medals overall, 121, and within that achievement the women gave extraordinary performances, achieving 61 medals.

  • Nineteen-year-old Simone Biles, who stands at 4’9, won four gold medals and a bronze, earning her the title of most decorated US gymnast in a single Olympic event.
  • After the Rio games, sprinter Allyson Felix has achieved six gold medals, which is the most track wins by a woman from any country. Overall she has nine medals, receiving two gold medals in relays and a silver in the 400 meters this year.
  • Katie Ledeck broke the world swimming record for the 400-meter and 800-meter freestyle, earning four gold medals and one silver. Many enthusiasts expect the 19- year-old to break even more records for the next Olympic Games in Tokyo in 2020.

For a complete list of all the records broken at the Rio Olympics, visit https://www.rio2016.com/en/records.