Nightshift Sports Rio Preview: The Games

The Sports of the 2016 Rio Olympics: 
Just in case you were wondering what sports will be contested in the 2016 Olympics, here’s a complete list, along with some additional notes on certain sports. Most sports have male and female contests; some are male or female only, and in one, the equestrian events, men and women compete evenly against one another. This is the first post in a large number of posts on the 2016 Olympics.
Artistic Gymnastics (parallel bars, floor exercises, pommel horse, rings)
Athletics (in the U.S., we call this track & field ..141 medals handed out, 41 of them gold)
Beach Volleyball (mens and women’s competitions)
Canoe Slalom (includes kayaks and canoes, in singles and doubles, on a whitewater slalom course)
Canoe Sprint (includes kayaks and canoes, singles and doubles, sprinting over a distance
Cycling BMX (the neighborhood kid who’s always jumping his bike off ramps? he might be in the Olympics)
Cycling Mountain Bike (tough uphill and even more technical and dangerous downhills…on bikes)
Cycling Road (traditional road cycling)
Cycling Track (the cycling equivalent of chess…indoor racing on a steep banked track)
Equestrian (eventing, dressage, and jumping–the three big events of and women compete against one another)
Fencing (men and women’s divisions in épée, foil, and saber)
Football (in America, it’s called Soccer–mens and women’s events)
Golf (back in the Olympics after a decades-long absence)
Hockey (field hockey, obviously not ice hockey, mens and women’s events)
Marathon Swimming (10KM–6miles–open water swimming, for both men and women)
Modern Pentathlon (one of the great under-appreciated Olympic events…look around for coverage)
Rhythmic Gymnastics
Rowing (mens and women’s competition, in boats for 1, 2, 4, or 9 rowers)
Rugby Sevens (scaled down from the normal 15 men a side, this versions is faster and just as rough)
Sailing (Laser, Laser Radial, Finn, 470, Nacra 17–multihull sailed with male/female–and windsurfing, 49er and 49erFX)
Shooting (pistol, rifle, shotgun plus air pistol and air rifle)
Swimming (multiple events, mens and women’s and expect Michael Phelps to shine)
Synchronized Swimming
Table Tennis
Tae kwon do (attack style marshal arts)
Trampoline Gymnastics
Triathlon (swim, bike, run)
Volleyball (indoor, with full teams, mens and women’s)

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