10 Athletes to Watch at Rio Olympics 2016

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The 2016 Summer Olympics (Portuguese: Jogos Olímpicos de Verão de 2016), officially known as the Games of the XXXI Olympiad, and commonly known as Rio 2016, is a major international multi-sport event in the tradition of the Olympic Games due to take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from 5 to 21 August 2016 From gymnastics to track, soccer to sailing, expect these stars to electrify at the Summer Games, which run from Aug. 5-21.

Mo Farah, Track and Field, UK

Farah electrified London with his 5,000-m/10,000-m double gold at the 2012 Games. Last year his coach, Alberto Salazar, was accused of doping athletes. Farah wasn’t named, but a similar performance will attract skeptics.

USAIN BOLT, JAMAICA

Bolt holds the world record for the 100- and 200-meter sprints, and is looking to medal again despite turning 30 by the end of the Games.

Kevin Durant, Basketball, USA


Durant is the rare NBA megastar who hasn’t bowed out of Rio. With future Golden State teammates Klay Thompson and Draymond Green, he’ll try to fend off Pau Gasol–led Spain for the Americans’ third straight gold.

NOVAK DJOKOVIC, SERBIA

The No. 1 men’s tennis player in the world is hoping to win an Olympic medal for the first time, and hopefully bring a gold medal home to Serbia.

CATE CAMPBELL, AUSTRALIA

Campbell is competing in her third Olympics. She holds the world record in the women’s 100-meter freestyle, and has a chance to find gold in both that and the 50 freestyle.

ASHTON EATON, USA

Eaton is hoping to accomplish a repeat Olympic decathlon win after earning the gold medal at the London Games. He’s favored after winning gold in the 2015 World Championships.

ALEX MORGAN, USA

Morgan is participating in her second Olympics for Team USA women’s soccer. She hopes to win her second gold medal as a key forward for the squad.

NEYMAR, BRAZIL

There are high expectations for Brazilian men’s soccer at the Rio Olympics as the hosts, and Neymar is the team’s clear star. He sat out Copa America based on an agreement between his club team and the Brazilian Football Confederation.

MICHAEL PHELPS, USA

In what will probably be Phelps’ last Olympics, he’s set to add onto his 22 career Olympic medals, including 18 gold medals. He won four golds in London, and could match that count in Rio.

KOHEI UCHIMURA, JAPAN

Uchimura has five Olympic medals accumulated over the last two Olympics, but he only has one gold to his name. The Japanese gymnast is favored for repeat gold in the all-around, and could also win the horizontal bar.

SERENA WILLIAMS, USA

Williams is coming off a win at Wimbledon, and hopes to win her fifth Olympic gold medal in Rio. She’s won doubles three times, and claimed gold in singles tennis in 2012.