The 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro are right around the corner and we thought it would be great to give our readers a preview of what to look out for in the aquatic events. The Opening Ceremony will kick things off on Friday, August 5th at 4pm PST/ 7pm EST.
The flag bearer for the USA will be swimming’s own Michael Phelps! This is a historical moment for swimming and for the most decorated Olympian of all time. There has only ever been one swimmer to hold the flag at an opening ceremony and that was Gary Hall, Sr. in 1976.
NBC will be broadcasting a majority of the games, to read more on how to watch and where you can go here.
In this post we will be covering swimming, open water swimming, water polo, diving, synchronized swimming, and triathlon. To find out the schedule of the all the events you can find them here.
Swimming starts this Saturday August 6, 2016 and will run until Saturday August 13, 2016. Everyday prelims will start at 9am PST /12pm EST and finals will take place at 6pm PST/ 9pm EST To live stream each session go here.
The following is a look at each day’s Finals sessions, what events will be awarded with medals, and who to keep an eye out for against the Americans. Like Olympics games bygone, anything can happen! Keep your eye on the top dogs but don’t forget to watch out for those on the outside lanes underdogs or what we call them in the swimming world, outside smoke!
Want to have a look at the current World Records? Check them out here.
Men’s 400 IM / Keep an eye out for: The Japanese. Kosuke Hagino and Daiya Seto will look to end the Americans streak of five straight Olympic gold medals. Chase Kalisz of the USA has a great chance to medal.
Men’s 400 Free / Keep an eye out for: China’s Sun Yang and Australia’s Mack Horton will give USA’s Connor Jaeger a run for his money.
Women’s 400 Im / Keep an eye out for: Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu. She has a rare chance of breaking the World Record in this event set at the London games by China’s Ye Shiwen
Women’s 4 x 100 Free Relay / Keep an eye out for: Australia and the Netherlands. Like the USA, these two countries have great sprint freestylers.
Women’s 100 Fly / Keep an eye out for: Sarah Sjöström from Sweden who is the current world record holder. Cheer on USA’s Dana Vollmer and Kelsi Worrell as they try and out touch her.
Men’s 100 Breast / Keep an eye out for: Great Britain’s Adam Peaty and South Africa’s Cameron Van Der Burgh, who was the previous olympic champion. Kevin Cordes broke the American record at the Olympic trials and has a great chance to medal.
Women’s 400 Free / Keep an eye out for: Katie Ledecky. If you haven’t heard this name you will be hearing is a lot over the coming games. USA’s Leah Smith is a contender for silver but don’t count out New Zealand’s Lauren Boyle.
Men’s 4 x 100 Free Relay / Keep an eye out for: The US Men have a great shot at winning this but face fierce competition from Australia and France.
Men’s 200 Free / Keep an eye out for: This is going to a close race across the board. Keep an eye out for China’s Sun Yang with the fastest seed time and the USA’s Conor Dwyer.
Women’s 100 Back / Keep an eye out for: Missy Franklin won this event in London but will not be competing in this event in Rio which gives the silver medalist - Australia’s Emily Seebohm - a great chance for gold.
Men’s 100 Back / Keep an eye out for: Team USA has won gold in this event since the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta and has a great chance to do it again with USA’s Ryan Murphy in the pool.
Women’s 100 Breast / Keep an eye out for: The London Olympic champion Ruta Meilutyte of Lithuania will go head to head with USA’s Lilly King in what is sure to be a great race.
Women’s 200 Free / Keep an eye out for: Two world leaders in the swimming world will come head to head in this event when USA’s Katie Ledecky and Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom take on one another.
Men’s 200 Fly / Keep an eye out for: Here we go! Michael Phelps is back with his first individual Olympic event and up against some very familiar competitor’s- South Africa’s Chad Le Clos and Hungary’s Laszlo Cseh. Sure to be one exciting race.
Women’s 200 Individual Medley / Keep an eye out for: This will be Katinka Hosszu’s third out of five events she will be competing in at the Games. USA’s Maya Dirado has a great shot in going up against this tough Hungarian who is rightfully dubbed ‘the Iron Lady’.
Men’s 4 x 200 Free / Keep an eye out for: The USA has more times than not come out on top in this event, but Great Britain and Australia are looking to try and pull off an upset.
Men’s 200 Breast / Keep an eye out for: USA’s Josh Prenot won Olympic Trials with a new American record that was only a tenth of a second off the current World Record. He has a great chance to win gold and claim the World Record while he’s at it.
Women’s 200 Fly / Keep an eye out for: This is an event where it may be tough for a US swimmer to medal. Japan’s Natsumi Hoshi and Spain’s Mireia Belmonte are the top two competitors in this event.
Men’s 100 Free / Keep an eye out for: One of the most fun races to watch in the program, the 100 free is sure to be a great race! USA’s Nathan Adrian won gold in London and will be looking to repeat this victory again in Rio.
Women’s 4 x 200 Freestyle Relay / Keep an eye out for: The USA has a great shot of taking home gold over Australia and Sweden.
Women’s 200 Breast / Keep an eye out for: Japan’s Rie Kaneto will be looking for the top spot against USA’s Lilly King and Molly Hannis.
Men’s 200 Back / Keep an eye out for: Australia’s Mitch Larkin will be going head to head with USA’s Ryan Murphy in the longer backstroke event.
Men’s 200 Individual Medley / Keep an eye out for: Michael Phelps is back to win gold in his second individual event but don’t count out USA’s Ryan Lochte. This race is sure to be one of the most entertaining and memorable of the Olympic Games.
Women’s 100 Free / Keep an eye out for: The American’s are going to have a hard time holding off the Campbell sisters from Australia in this two length sprint race.
Women’s 200 Back / Keep an eye out for: Missy Franklin will be defending her Olympic title and World Record time in one of the toughest races of the program.
Men’s 100 Fly / Keep an eye out for: Michael Phelps’ final individual event of the meet and of his career. Will sure to be a great race against Chad Le Clos as Phelps defends his Olympic title.
Women’s 800 Free / Keep an eye out for: Katie Ledecky will most likely be racing the clock in this event as her best time is 10 seconds faster than anyone else in the field.
Men’s 50 Free / Keep an eye out for: Who will be crowned swimming’s fastest man in what many like to call the ‘splash and dash’? Olympic veteran Anthony Ervin will be back to try and claim gold for a second time (his first was in 2000) against London’s French gold medalist Florent Manaudou. Make sure not blink! This race will be over in 20 seconds.
Women’s 50 Free / Keep your eye out for: The Campbell sisters will be aiming to claim the gold and silver but hopefully USA’s Abbey Weitzeil can claim the title of the fastest woman in the pool!
Men’s 1500 Free / Keep your eye out for: China’s Sun Yang will be looking to defend his Olympic title and World Record against Italy’s Gregorio Paltrinieri and USA’s Connor Jaeger.
Women’s 4 x 100 Medley Relay / Keep your eye out for: The US will be looking to defend their Olympic title against Australia who won in both Beijing and Athens. Sure to be a great race!
Men’s 4 x 100 Medley Relay / Keep your eye out for: The US Men have won this event in almost every Olympic Games since 1960! The only time they didn’t win was during the Moscow Olympics in 1980 when the US boycotted. Let’s hope these men bring it home again for Michael Phelps’ last race ever!
Haley Anderson will be competing for the US Women in this event. This is her second Olympic Games and previously won silver at the London Games.
Jordan Wilimovsky and Sean Ryan will compete for the US Men. Wilimovsky made US history this summer by being the 1st American to qualify for both the pool and open water swimming events. He finished second to Connor Jaeger in 1500 free at Olympic trials and will be competing in that as well as the open water 10k.
The Women’s Water Polo team made US history in 2012 by winning the gold medal for the first time since the sport was introduced to the games in 2000. Four of the players from London will be returning to defend their title and will kick things off on August 9th when they play against Spain in the preliminary rounds.
Check out the team roster here.
August 9 - USA vs Spain - 7:40am PST/ 10:40am EST
August 11 - USA vs China - 7:40am PST/ 10:40am EST
August 13 - USA vs Hungary 9:00am PST/ 12:00pm EST
August 15 - TBD (Quarterfinals)
August 17 - TBD (Semifinals)
August 19 - TBD (Finals)
Men’s Water Polo is the oldest team sport in the Olympics and has been a part of the games since 1900. The US Men’s team, led by veteran team captain Tony Azevedo, will be looking to claim gold for the first time in the sport's long history. Azevedo is also making history for the sport a as USA Water Polo's only athlete to attend 5 Olympic Games.
Check out the team roster here.
August 6 - USA vs Croatia - 6:20am PST/ 9:20am EST
August 8 - USA vs Spain - 7:40am PST/ 10:40am EST
August 10 - USA vs France - 7:40am PST/ 10:40am EST
August 12 - USA vs Montenegro - 7:40am PST/ 10:40am EST
August 14 - USA vs Italy - 11:30am PST/ 2:3opm EST
August 16 - TBD (Quarterfinals)
August 18 - TBD (Semifinals)
August 20 - TBD (Finals)
Diving kicks off on Sunday, August 7th. David Boudia will have a chance to defend his platform Olympic gold medal from London while the Chinese are looking to make history. China’s Wu Minxia and Chen Roulin have both won 4 Olympic gold medals and if one of them succeeds they will become the most decorated diver of all time. On the women’s side Jessica Parratto and Amy Cozad are looking for podium finish in synchronized 10m platform.
Click here for the 2016 Team Roster.
Synchronized Swimming starts on August 14 with the Duets’ Free routine and runs through August 19 when the team medals are awarded. The US hasn’t won gold in the team event since 1996 and has not won gold in the duet event since 1992. In Rio the US will only be competing in the Duet event. There is always strong competition from Russia, Spain, and China in this event and will be fun to watch the US bring their A game to try and get onto the podium.
Click here to meet the team.
The Triathlon made its Olympic debut in 2000 at the Sydney Olympic Games. Sarah True, Gwen Jorgensen, and Katie Zaferes will represent the women while Joe Maloy, Greg Billington and Ben Kanute will represent the men.
The men’s triathlon takes place on August 18, 2016 at 11amPST / 2pm EST and the women’s triathlon takes place on August 20, 2016 at 11amPST / 2pm EST.