2 Weeks, 306 Events, 11.1 Billion Dollars
Two weeks, 306 events, and 11.1 billion dollars; welcome to the 31st Olympics. This summer from August 5 to August 21, Rio de Janeiro will experience a jaw dropping increase in tourists and publicity. The Summer Olympics are an event seven years in the making. Rio has built stadiums, hotels, and an entire olympic village that will hold all the athletes, officials, and athletic trainers participating in the 2016 Summer Olympics.
This will be a big year for Rio, as it will become the first South American city to host the Olympics. The neighborhood of Barra da Tijuca in Rio is home to most of the venues and the Olympic Village. Other venues will be located in Copacabana Beach, Maracanã, and Deodoro; all of which are areas and provinces in Rio. The games will hold 306 events in 28 different sports and involve over 10,500 athletes from 206 countries.
Although the world is only now celebrating the 31st Olympics, the event itself dates back to 8th century BC, where they began in Olympia, Greece. Over centuries the games have evolved to become more diverse and complex. New creations have included: the Winter Olympic games, the Youth Olympic Games for younger teenage athletes, and the Paralympic Games for athletes with disabilities.
The Olympics, although known for sports, are also famous for their iconic symbol; the flag. “The six colors, including the flag’s white background, combined in this way reproduce the colors of every country without exception. The blue and yellow of Sweden, the blue and white of Greece, the tri- colors of France, England and America, Germany, Belgium, Italy, Hungary, the yellow and red of Spain next to the novelties of Brazil or Australia, with old Japan, and new China. Here is truly an international symbol,” said Baron Pierre de Coubertin, the symbol designer, in 1912. Every national flag of the world has at least one of the rings colors, blue, black, green, yellow, or red included in the design.
The Olympics are a time for competition and celebration, but also a time to put aside differences and share in a passion for sports.
Photos Courtesy of David Bank