HELLO RIO. With the Olympics kicking off this month, the excitement only got real as we got to investigate some of the most intriguing athletes on and off the courts
The 2016 Olympics just began last Friday, but some of the athletes have managed to cause a sensation in and out of the field. And that’s why we’re coming up with this list of sensational male Olympic swimmers, gymnasts, track and fielders, divers and tennis players. Check it out!
1. Adam Peaty (Great Britain)
OLYMPIC CHAMPION pic.twitter.com/l4Kjyj0UbE
— Adam Peaty (@adam_peaty) August 8, 2016
Not only did the swimmer is the first athlete to earn a gold medal for his country after winning the 100-meter breaststroke, he also set a new world record while doing so. What makes his winning more endearing, though, is his grandmother, the self-acclaimed #OlympicNan, who has been stealing hearts with her super adorable tweets about her grandson.
2. Florent Manaudou (France)
Manaudou (far right) with his teammates (from left): Fabien Gilot and William Meynard
Together with his teammates, Manaudou won the silver medal after finishing second at the Men’s 4x100m freestyle relay. This is France’s first medal at the Rio 2016 Olympics.
3. Ning Zetao (China)
Ning has been creating quite an uproar on social media in his home country for some time. When international media started picking up the story, though… Well, let’s just say that things have been going wild!
1. Samuel Mikulak (U.S.A.)
Mikulak (right) with fellow American gymnast Chris Brooks
Mikulak already made headlines prior to the Olympics, thanks to his patriotic haircut. After last Saturday, he started buzzing again after getting the highest score during men’s gymnastics qualification and helping his team reach second place!
2. Max Whitlock (Great Britain)
— Max Whitlock (@maxwhitlock1) August 7, 2016
Whitlock, who is Great Britain’s leading gymnast, is a champ on and off the floor; he was the face of Paul Smith’s campaign in 2015.
3. Arthur Mariano (Brazil)
Like Ning Zetao, Mariano has become internet famous overnight. Thankfully, thatt didn’t distract him from helping his teammates qualify for the finals!
TRACK & FIELD
1. Mo Farah
Everyone’s rooting for nice guy and distant runner Mo Farah, who looks to repeat his success after winning two gold medals four years ago.
2. Justin Gatlin (U.S.A.)
The controversial sprinter tested positive for testosterone for doping twice. This year, the world is looking to see if he’s going to redeem himself by winning against Usain Bolt.
3. Ashton Eaton (U.S.A.)
Eaton aims to be the first American to win the men’s decathlon since 1952. He and his wife, Canadian heptathlon athlete and fellow Olympian Brianne Theisen-Eaton, have also been in the news after starring together in an ad for Visa. #Couplegoals, much?
1. David Boudia (U.S.A.)
— David Boudia (@davidboudia) August 5, 2016
Olympic gold medal winner Boudia has been inspiring people with his success story, which involves falling into and rising from depression.
2. Hugo Parisi (Brazil)
Five-time Olympian Parisi makes a splash both in and out of the Olympics; earlier this year, he was chosen as one of the faces of Chanel’s Allure Homme Sport fragrance.
3. Yona Knight-Wisdom (Jamaica)
— Digicel Jamaica (@DIGICELJamaica) August 6, 2016
Knight-Wisdom is Jamaica’s first Olympic diver!
1. Rafael Nadal
— Rafa Nadal (@RafaelNadal) August 6, 2016
Between the three favorites (Nadal, Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic), Nadal is the only one that hasn’t experienced loss.
2. Juan Martin del Potro (Argentina)
— Juan M. del Potro (@delpotrojuan) August 8, 2016
He’s the guy who shockingly defeated world’s number one Djokovic!
3. Kei Nishikori (Japan)
— Kei Nishikori (@keinishikori) August 6, 2016
Nishikori stole the show last Saturday when he managed to win a point (and later, the whole match) even after dropping his racket mid-game.