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I have been watching the Olympics for most of my life. I’m a complete fan who will follow every minute. Thank god for TVO. Personally I follow the more obscure competitions – river rafting, sculling, canoeing, archery, equestrian, just to name a few. As I check in to this year’s top competitors a few names keep coming up as the athletes to follow.

Simone Biles, USA

American gymnast Simone is the first woman to win three straight all-around titles at the World Championships.  Biles has is considered one of America’s top gymnasts. Simone dominates the junior elite level, won her first U.S. and world all-around titles in 2013. In 2015, she claimed the title of record third straight world all-around. After winning the all-around at the Olympic trials, she steps up to the 2016 Olympic women’s gymnastics team.

Usain Bolt, Jamaica

boltJamaican sprinter Usain St. Leo Bolt is one to watch. They say he is the fastest person ever timed, he is the first man to hold both the 100 and 200 meters world records since automatic time measurements became mandatory in. I can’t wait to see the athlete and just how fast he leaves the rest of the field behind.

Lisa Carrington, New Zealand

Lisa is a flatwater canoer. She won gold in the Women’s K-1 200 meters at the 2012 Summer Olympics, and gold in the same event at the 2011 Canoe Sprint World Championships. I’m a fan of the less televised sports such as canoeing, but she will be worth the extra effort to find on the web.

Ashton Eaton, USA

As the American decathlete and Olympic champion, Ashton holds the world record in both the decathlon and indoor heptathlon events, and is the second decathlete to break the 9,000-point barrier, with 9,039 points. And to top that off in August of 2015, he improved on his own world record with a score of 9,045 points.

Michael Phelpsmichael

He is an American swimmer and the most decorated Olympian of all time, holding a total of 22 medals over three Olympiads. We speculate as to will this be his last Olympics, he’s set to add onto his 22 career Olympic medals, including 18 gold medals. Can he match that count in Rio?

Kathleen Ledecky

Olympic gold medalist, and nine-time world champion. She currently holds the in the 400-, 800-, and 1,500-meter freestyle. She also is the fastest-ever in the 500-, 1000-, and 1,650-yard freestyle events. Hmm what has she not won….

Neymar

Neymar is a Brazilian professional soccer player. There are high expectations for Brazilian men’s soccer at the Rio Olympics, and Neymar is the team’s not so secret weapon.

Serena Jameka Williams

Serena Jameka Williams is an American professional tennis player and actress who is No. 1 in women’s singles tennis. She has also been ranked world No. 1 in singles on six separate occasions. She is often referred to as the greatest woman tennis player of all time. Everyone else may as well go home

Athletes to watch at the Rio Olympics

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