Golf is returning to the Olympics after a 112 year old absence.
Brazil is the home favorite in soccer and looking to avenge their loss at the World Cup.
At age 40, Uzbekistan’s Oksana Chusovitina will set a record competing in her 7thOlympics in gymnastics.
Also in the sport of gymnastics, Simone Biles is the most decorated American female gymnast in the world and is looking to bring home gold for Team USA.
Beach volleyball will be a duel. American hopefuls Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross will face tough competition from hometown favorites Talita Antunes and Larissa Franca.
The most successful sprint star in history, Usain Bolt, returns for three events in the 100 meter, 200 meter, and 4 X 100 meter relay looking to add to his already 6 gold medals.
At only 21 years old, Missy Franklin will return for Team USA in the pool and hope to add to her 5 medals from London. Competing in his fifth and final Olympics, this time as a dad, Michael Phelps will look to add to his 22 medals.
Ashton Eaton is looking to uphold his gold medal from four years ago and as the reigning world leader in the decathlon he has an excellent chance.
Perhaps no other host city has been under more scrutiny entering the final week before the Opening Ceremony. The Zika virus, contaminated water, poor traffic solutions, unfinished facilities, and contaminated water are just a few of the much buzzed about problems facing Rio as the eyes of the world prepare to focus all of their attention on them.
The last item to watch for is the medal count. You know you still look every night to see if Team USA is in the lead. The medal count board followed by the famous Olympic Closing theme song has become a nightly ritual for some as they anticipate the next day’s events. Whatever the count, we are rooting for Team USA all the way!