Let the Games begin...
Three hundred events, 42 sports, 17 days: The Olympics is coming to South America.
From Friday 5th to Sunday 21st August, Rio de Janeiro will play host to stars from across the world of sport as they go for glory in the most prestigious tournament of them all, staking their claim for sporting history.
The Paralympics follow from 7th-18th September, as Rio becomes the first South American city to host the games, and only the third city in the southern hemisphere after Melbourne and Sydney.
Rio plans to make full use of its natural setting: Copacabana Beach will host the beach volleyball, triathlon and long distance swimming, while the yachtsmen and women have the backdrop of Sugar Loaf and Guanabara Bay to compete against, and the rowers the Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas and Corcovado. Even the Sambódromo, home to the carnival parade, will host the marathon and archery.
Barra da Tijuca will be the site of the Olympic Village and a number of Olympic venues, including for cycling, swimming, tennis, basketball, gymnastics and golf. Deodoro will host the equestrian centre, the shooting, the field hockey, rugby, whitewater rafting, and the Mountain Bike and BMX.
After a record-breaking haul of 65 medals at London 2012, Team GB will be aiming to make a strong impression in South America, with plenty of young talent coming through the ranks…
Twenty-year-old swimmer James Guy is certainly one to watch, especially after winning three titles at the British Olympic trials in Glasgow.
Meanwhile, Liverpool’s Bianca Walkden has conquered all before her in taekwondo, and will be fighting hard for a medal in Rio.
Young gymnast Nile Wilson, who won four medals at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, will be looking to follow in the footsteps of Team GB's London 2012 medal winners, while 22-year-old track cyclist Owain Doull, who currently rides for Sir Bradley Wiggins’ cycling team, is aiming to play his part in continuing Team GB’s track cycling dominance.
BBC TV coverage begins with the Opening Ceremony from Maracanã Stadium in Rio on Friday 5th August, with live action and highlights throughout the Games on BBC One, Two and Four.
Let the Games begin…!