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2016 Summer Olympics

Updated: Sep 13, 2022

The 2016 Summer Olympics were held from August 5-21 primarily in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil with the motto: A new world (Portuguese: Um mundo novo). With 207 nations present and more than 11, 000 athletes, Brazil was the first South American nation to host the Olympic Games. There were 28 sports played that took place at 36 venues in Rio de Janeiro, and five separate venues in the cities São Paulo, Belo Horizonte, Salvador, Brasília, and Manaus. The opening and closing ceremonies were held in Maracanã Stadium in Rio. This stadium holds the record for the most fans ever to attend a soccer game which was about 173,000 fans despite the 78,000 stadium capacity. This record was made for the 1950 World Cup finals.

There was a historic first at Rio 2016 with the first ever refugee team taking part in the games. The team consisted of athletes from Syria, South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Ethiopia. In terms of historic medal wins, the United States took home the most medals with a total of 121; 46 gold, 37 silver, and 38 bronze. Following with highest medal count were China, Great Britain, Russia, and Germany respectively. The 16 day Summer Olympics did not disappoint with athletes, supporters, national fans, and viewers from all around the world uniting for the 28th Summer Olympic Games.

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