The Olympic games will finally begin on Friday, August 5th, and carry on until the 21st. This year, more than 200 member nations of the International Olympic Committee and more than 10.000 athletes are expected to compete in South America. The Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games go well beyond sports. The event will leave a legacy, not just for Rio de Janeiro, but all of Brazil, covering a variety of areas like education, culture and sustainability. Approximately 7.5 million tickets for the Olympics are available for purchase.

How many Olympic sports can you say in Spanish? Take a look at our words to learn some of them.

Vocabulario de los Juegos Olímpicos

Deportes de salón

Lucha libre





Deportes al aire libre

Carreras de velocidad

La vela


Tiro de arco

Las Olimpiadas

Los anillos



La antorcha


Want to learn more about the games? Keep on reading and learn about these 8 interesting facts!

  1. Rio 2016 will be the first time in Olympic history that a South American country has hosted the Games. The city won its bid in 2009, beating out Chicago, Madrid and Tokyo.
  2. 306 competitions in 42 different sports will be held in 17 days.
  3. There will be 33 different venues in four different districts of Rio de Janeiro.
  4. The slogan of the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro is “Viva sua paixão” (Live your passion: Vive tus sueños)
  5. The logo was based on four concepts: contagious energy, harmonious diversity, exuberant nature, and Olympic spirit.
  6. Golf (returning after 112 years) and Rugby (returning after 92 years) will be the “new” sports at the Olympic Games.
  7. There are two mascots, one for the Olympics and one for the Paralympics. The Olympic mascot, Vinicius, is a mix of Brazilian animals. The Paralympic mascot, Tom, is a mix of Brazilian plants. They were named after Bossa Nova musicians Vinicius de Moraes and Tom Jobim following a public vote.
  8. Rio’s taxi drivers are being given the chance to sign up for free online English lessons provided by the Rio 2016 Organizing Committee. Drivers are often the first point of contact for fans, and those who take the four-month course will mostly likely be swapping “oi!” for “hi!”

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