Rio 2016 Your guide to the Olympics

Thursday, 30 June 2016  |  Admin

At the beginning of August, athletes and spectators alike will converge on the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro to mark the start of the 2016 Olympic Games. Amidst a backdrop of political upheaval, gang violence, immense poverty and corruption, and of course disease, everybody is understandably excited to see who can run the fastest. 

"Great" Britain

After the England team went crashing out of the Euro 2016 to the footballing titans of Iceland, the nation's hopes turn to our greatest athletes to save our blushes. Watched over by the towering Christ the Redeemer statue, it will be interesting to see if we can actually redeem some pride.

If you want to show your support for the troops, and keep your body in tip-top condition at the same time, why not check out the KT Tape Pro in an "England Red" design. This athletic tape is strong, supportive and lasts longer than Mo Farah's energy reserves, so it's ideal for athletes treating sporting injuries, or just general aches and pains. 

It's a Knockout

The boxing competition at Rio 2016 has undergone some significant changes from previous events, with new rules coming in which allow professionals to compete. The protective headgear previously worn in the Olympics has also been scrapped, meaning it's not the greatest time to be an up-and-coming amateur boxer if you value your brain cells.

Potential mismatches seem possible, especially if boxers such as Wladimir Klitschko decide to/are allowed to participate. Whether you're a professional or just an aspiring youngster looking to train up, products such as the Escape Fitness Speed Ball and Platform  will be extremely useful in improving your punching speed and technique. We can't guarantee you'll evade punches from massive Ukrainians though.

The Beautiful Game

Surprisingly enough, Brazil has never won the gold medal in the Olympic football competition, having come agonisingly close at London 2012, where they were defeated 2-1 by Mexico in the final. With a great history of success in the sport, the Brazilian team will be looking to put that right in front of a home crowd, for many of whom football is more than just a game, and an escape from the harsh realities of life.

The Olympic teams are made up of largely under-23 players, though three over age players are allowed. One of these will be Barcelona's Neymar, giving Brazil a great shot at glory. If you've thrown away all your football gear in disgust after cursing Roy Hodgson (why is Kane taking corners? Where is Emile Heskey?) then we've got some great replacements including the More Mile Pro Football Socks and the More Mile Slim Fit Men's Football Pants.

What to Look Out For

Some familiar faces will be headlining proceedings, probably for the last time. Michael Phelps and Usain Bolt, some of the most decorated athletes in their respective disciplines, are hoping to go out with a bang. In terms of the British challenge, medal hopes include Mo Farah and national sweetheart Jessica Ennis-Hill, who are hoping to repeat their successes at London 2012.  

One thing that these athletes all have in common is speed, whether that's in the water or over short/long distances. While you might not be able to run a sub ten second 100 metres, that doesn't mean you can't improve your performance and train like a champion. The Escape Fitness Speed Resistor adds resistance to your workouts and functions as a great training aid to improve your explosive power, which will translate to improved speed. 

Get Ready

All that's left is to wait and see whether everything is actually built on time, and hope that Rio 2016 "goes viral" for the right reasons. In the meantime, check out all of our sporting equipment on Think Sport to get in the mood.