The Olympics

The Olympic Games is a truly breath-taking sporting spectacle. Every four years, athletes from all over the world travel to compete in various events as they look to create history and become the best in their field. And fans from all four corners of the globe travel to bear witness to this marvellous event as they watch the greatest athletes battle it out for the biggest prize of all: an Olympic gold medal.

And as spectators, we’ve been blessed in recent times. The legendary Usain Bolt has entertained Olympic Games fans in Beijing, London and will grace Rio de Janeiro with his presence this summer. Can he break one of his incredible individual world records in the 100 or 200m, or will he help Jamaica to smash the 4x100m relay record? Only time will tell but right now, CNN aren’t overly convinced on Bolt’s chances of success this summer.

Win or lose, it is characters like Bolt that make the Olympics special. It’s iconic. Everybody wants to watch the Olympic Games because of these heroic figures. These moments are almost frozen in time and it’s hard to just forget about the incredible scenes across the tens of Olympic Games that we have all been able to see.

Key events

The men’s 100m final is always one of the highlights, especially in recent years due to the influence and likeability of Usain Bolt. But as the heroic Jamaican ages, a new dawn of sprinters may be about to take the mantle and replace Bolt as the main man. Whether it’s Justin Gatlin or Tyson Gay, Bolt’s time is drawing to a close and he may not have the speed to go toe-to-toe with the world’s elite 100m runners – although he is still priced at 1/2 with Sportsbook.ag.

One of the most interesting events at the Olympic Games is basketball. The United States, home of the National Basketball Association, have won the gold medal on 14 separate occasions – an incredible achievement. And as this summer’s Olympics draw ever closer, the NBA’s biggest stars will be looking to make a major impact ahead of the tournament and it would take a brave man to back against the defending Olympic champions.

In recent years, the football has grown and developed into one of the most popular Olympic sports, particularly as many professionals now try to get involved and help their side attempt to win the gold medal. This summer, Brazil will fancy their chances of going all the way on home soil but there will be plenty of solid opposition in what is sure to be an eagerly anticipated set of fixtures over the course of the Games.

What can we expect from the Rio Olympics?

This summer, Rio de Janeiro will host the 2016 edition of the Games and Olympic fans will already be full of excitement ahead of this highly anticipated set of events. While Brazil may find it tough to live up to London 2012, they are more than capable of putting on a vibrant, enthusiastic show and this Games will be colourful and absorbing if nothing else.

According to The Daily Telegraph, the Rio Olympics are extremely close to being ready – despite many worries about the state and conditions of stadiums, as well as the general sanitation of Brazil and their ability to protect against the Zika virus. With that being said, Brazil still have plenty to do to ensure that the opening ceremony is ready and transport links are developed ahead of the summer.

Rio de Janeiro is world famous for its carnival atmosphere and relaxed vibe and the Brazilian people will try to make sure that every tourist and visitor is catered for. The basketball, which will feature a number of the NBA’s top players, is set to be incredibly competitive and the United States cannot take the gold medal for granted. If they do, they face another embarrassing defeat – although right now, they look well set to add to their haul.

As for the action, it is going to be one of the most competitive Olympic Games’ for quite some time and the United States are expecting to move back above China as the world’s dominant force in athletics. After dominating on home soil in 2008, China slipped slightly at the London Games and many are predicting the US to overhaul China at the Rio Games this summer.

It might not be one of the best Games in terms of quality, but it’s sure to be one of the most memorable. Brazil is an immense country, full of rich history and culture and Rio de Janeiro is the perfect home for the Olympic Games. And this summer, we could see history made at the 2016 Games – especially if Usain Bolt decides to turn up to the party for one last shindig!