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6 fun facts about the 2016 Olympic Games
This year's Olympic Games* carved out a unique spot in history. From the great (the U.S. women's gymnastics team flipping its way to gold) to the not so great (the Olympic pool mysteriously turning green) the games - based in Rio de Janeiro - kept audiences all around the world teetering on the edges of their seats.
Interested in learning more about this year's just-completed Olympics? Read on to discover six fun facts about the games.
1. Their location was historic
According to NBC News, this year's games were the first to be held in South America. Rio de Janeiro beat out a slew of international locales to be the home of the 2016 Olympics, including Chicago, Tokyo and Madrid, noted the source.
The games occurred throughout the Brazilian city, with events in Copacabana, Deodoro and Barra. The opening and closing ceremonies took place at Maracanã Stadium, where the 2014 World Cup was also held.
2. Two sports made comebacks
Both golf and rugby returned to the Olympic games after not being included for 112 years and 92 years, respectively.
MSN reported that the last time golf was considered an Olympic event was when the games were held in 1902 in St. Louis, Missouri. Rugby was last given a slot at the 1924 games in Paris. According to Golf magazine, these mark the last additions to the Olympic program since taekwondo and triathlon were added in 2000.
3. 'Vinicius' was the 2016 mascot
This year's Olympic mascot was an ode to Brazil's native animals called "Vinicius." NBC News described the character as a mixture of a cat and a monkey, colored yellow and blue, with the ability to fly. The source noted that the mascot was named for Vinicius de Moraes, the Brazilian musician known for his work on "The Girl From Ipanema."
4. They didn't come cheap
According to Sports Inside, this year's competition cost a total of $10.8 billion, or 37.6 billion Brazilian reals. The monumental price comes from a variety of factors, including adding to Rio's infrastructure, paying for event planning and staff and constructing brand-new athletic venues.
5. The athletes weren't cutting calories
Food is fuel, and the Rio athletes filled their tanks all summer long. To help give Olympians the energy they needed to train and compete, event organizers made around 60,000 meals each day, reported MSN. Athletes were primarily offered Brazilian fare, including rice, black beans, local fruits and barbecue.
6. Refugees participated under the Olympic flag
A team of ten refugees made history by competing in the games under the Olympic flag rather than in allegiance to particular nations. The refugees hailed from Syria, South Sudan, Ethiopia and the Democratic Republic of Congo, and participated in running, swimming and judo competitions.
Of the opportunity to compete in the Olympics, Ethiopian marathon runner Yonas Kinde told BBC Sports:
"I can't explain the feeling, it has power, it's amazing. It's very good news for refugee athletes that Olympic Solidarity [has] given us this chance to participate here."
You can relive the 2016 games by downloading the official app from the iTunes** store. While the app is free to download, the iTunes store has plenty of albums, shows and movies you can redeem using the gift cards you can earn participating in online surveys.
*The Olympics are trademarked by the International Olympic Committee and are in no way affiliated with Survey Sampling International.
**iTunes® is a registered trademark of Apple Inc. All rights reserved. Apple is not a participant in or sponsor of this promotion.
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