The 2016 Summer Olympics have officially begun in Rio, Brazil. The Opening Ceremony took place in Maracanã Stadium on August 5th, broadcast live on NBC in the United States. The 2016 Summer Olympics will feature 28 sports with a total of 306 events. The Closing Ceremony will occur on August 21st.
As of August 7th, the United States has won twelve medals; four bronze, five silver, and three gold. Virginia Thrasher took home the first gold medal for the United States in Women's 10m air rifle. Michael Phelps took home his 23rd career Olympic medal swimming with Caleb Dressel, Ryan Held, and Nathan Adrian in the 4x100m freestyle relay squad. While 2012 Olympic gymnastics champion Gabby Douglas will not advance to the final, her former teammate Aly Raisman qualified to advance as did Olympic newcomer Simone Biles. Biles, a three-time all-around champion of the World Artistic Gymnastics Championships, scored a 62.366 - no non-U.S. gymnast beat a score of 59.
Brazil has encountered a number of obstacles hosting the games, including an unstable government and threats of Zika virus. Additionally, the Olympic road cycling event took athletes over a one-mile stretch of cobblestone road so bumpy that many cyclists had to stop and repair broken chains, and several cyclists took nasty tumbles. On Sunday, August 7th , Dutch cyclist Annemiek van Vleuten suffered a particularly horrific crash near the end of the women's road race, suffering a concussion and fracturing her spine. She was leading the race by 40 seconds when she turned and swerved, hitting the curb and falling over her handlebars, 12 miles from the finish. Van Vleuten is in stable condition, but will remain in extensive care for the next 24 hours.
NBC will continue to broadcast events for the next two weeks. Some highlights still left on the events schedule include the Women's Gymnastics All-Around Final on August 11th, Men's Track and Field 100-meter final on August 14th, and the Men's Basketball Final on August 21st.