(5 - 21 August 2016)


(7 - 18 September)






(Created on 11/02/2016)





  • Rio Olympic Games Open This Weekend - Text + Audio + Videos - 3 August 2016
    "Athletes, coaches, dignitaries and fans arrived in Rio de Janeiro this week for the opening of the 2016 Olympic Games.
    The opening ceremony is Friday night, but some events already started. The first medals will be awarded on Saturday."

  • Rio Olympic Games 2016: by numbers - 1 July 2016
    "Watch the numbers behind Rio's 2016 games where the entire city has undergone regeneration ready for world class athletes."


  • Rio Olympics 2016: Russia not given blanket Games ban by IOC - 24 July 2016
    "The International Olympic Committee (IOC) will leave it up to individual sports' governing bodies to decide
    if Russian competitors are clean and should be allowed to take part."


  • Rio Olympics 2016: Russia fails to overturn athlete ban for next month's Games - 21 July 2016
    "A decision to ban Russian track and field athletes from Rio 2016 over the country's alleged state-sponsored doping regime
    has been upheld by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
    Russia's athletics federation was suspended by the sport's world governing body, the IAAF, after an independent report found evidence of widespread doping. "


  • Olympic Chief: Zika Not Top Concern at Rio Games - Text + Audio - 30 June 2016
    "Dirty water, disease-carrying mosquitoes, political change and security are a few of the concerns that Brazil faces
    as it prepares to host the 2016 Rio Olympic Games."


  • Rio 2016: 'Welcome to Hell' warn police - 28 June 2016
    "There was a nasty surprise awaiting passengers in the arrivals hall at Rio De Janeiro's Galeao International Airport on Monday."







  • Everything you need to know about Judi Dench's Olympics poem - 6 August 2016

    Yes, that was Judi Dench reading a poem about the environment - 6 August 2016
    "In the first certifiably unexpected moment of the Rio Games, Dame Judi Dench read an English translation of a poem about the environment.
    It was an oddly sobering and powerful message for the festive Opening Ceremonies, but it shouldn’t have been surprising, given the awareness of Brazil’s shrinking rain forest and the stresses that civilization places on its ecosystem. The poem was also recited by Brazilian actress Fernanda Montenegro."

















  • Official list of all 42 sports to be contested at the world's biggest sporting event, including two new sports – golf and rugby sevens.
    - with PICTURES



  • The Fourth Olympic Medal
    "On August 16, New Zealand runner Nikki Hamblin collided with American Abbey D’Agostino as they were running the first heat of the 5,000-meter race at the Rio Olympics. D’Agostino jumped up quickly, but instead of running off, she helped Hamlin to her feet and told her she had to finish the race.
    But D’Agostino had injured her ankle. Hamlin held back to help her make it to the finish line...
    Both Hamlin and D’Agostino were awarded the Pierre de Coubertin medal. It’s a rare Olympic medal awarded for extraordinary sportsmanship, and it’s only been bestowed 17 times before, beginning in 1964..."



  • Olympic Rewind: How Did Athletes Featured by VOA Perform in Rio? - Text + Audio + Photos - 24 August 2016
    "VOA Learning English featured a number of Olympic athletes in the weeks and months leading up to the games.
    Some athletes were from the U.S. but others were from around the world. See how they performed in this recap."


  • U.S. Swimmer Ryan Lochte Loses Sponsors - Text + Audio + Photos - 23 August 2016
    "American swimmer Ryan Lochte admitted that he did not tell the truth about being robbed during the Rio Olympics.
    The Olympic Games ended Sunday. A day later, he lost all four of his sponsors."

  • Ryan Lochte: Speedo and Ralph Lauren among four to end sponsorship - 23 August 2016
    "Four sponsors have dropped disgraced US Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte, including swimwear manufacturer Speedo and fashion label Ralph Lauren.
    They were followed by announcements from skin care firm Syneron-Candela and Japanese mattress maker Airweave.
    It comes after Lochte lied about being robbed at gunpoint by a policeman after a night out during the Rio Olympics...
    On 19 August the New York Post carried a front-page headline describing him as the "Ugly American", along with the slogan "Liar, Liar, Speedo on fire"."


  • Ethiopian Olympic medallist seeks asylum after marathon protest - 22 August 2016
    "Feyisa Lilesa, who made arm gesture of support for his Oromo tribe as he finished race in Rio, says he fears going home."



  • Green Screened Moments From The 2016 Summer Olympics In Rio
    "Green seemed to be a dominant color in the Olympic Games Rio 2016 - the green Reals Brazil paid to host the games,
    the green courts and fields where the games were played, the green backdrops, the green water in the pool..."



Usain Bolt Wins Third 100-Meter Gold Medal - Text + Audio + Video - 15 August 2016
"The weekend had more Olympic firsts. Usain Bolt won the 100-meter race for the third time. No runner did that before.
Monica Puig won Puerto Rico’s first-ever gold medal. And a pair of Irish rowers gave a first-rate interview."


How Usain Bolt made history with his third 100m gold medal victory - with photos
"Bolt got off to a slow start behind rival Justin Gatlin but surged ahead in the last few seconds.
Although Bolt's time didn't break any records, his win makes him the first athlete to win three successive 100m titles."

  • Kenyan Runners Find Place on US Olympic Team - Text + Audio - 26 July 2016
    "Three long-distance runners from Kenya qualified for the Olympics as members of Team USA.
    They became citizens through a program designed for immigrants who are also members of the U.S. military."

  • Kenya Hosts Refugee Olympic Athletes - Text + Audio + Video - 27 June 2016
    "When the Olympics begin in August, there will be a team of refugees competing together.
    They will walk into the opening ceremony carrying the Olympic flag. Some of them are training in Kenya."





  • Brazil reviews security measures ahead of Rio Olympics - 15 July 2016
    "The Games are expected to attract as many as 500,000 foreign visitors.
    "The attack in Nice is worrisome for us too. We will review procedures, make more barriers, more spot-checks on visitors and roadblocks", said Defence Minister Raul Jungmann...
    More than 80,000 police and soldiers will patrol the streets of Rio for the duration of the games."

  • Olympic Chief: Zika Not Top Concern at Rio Games - Text + Audio - 30 June 2016
    "Dirty water, disease-carrying mosquitoes, political change and security are a few of the concerns that Brazil faces
    as it prepares to host the 2016 Rio Olympic Games."






  • Health Expert Says Delay or Move Rio Olympics - Text + Audio - 12 May 2016
    "The International Olympic Committee is rejecting a suggestion it move or delay the Olympics, scheduled to begin August 5 in Brazil.
    A Canadian public health expert wrote the risks of the Zika virus are too great to bring 500,000 visitors to Brazil."

  • Olympic Athletes Concerned About Zika Virus - Text + Audio - 13 February 2016
    "The Olympics in Rio de Janeiro are less than six months away.
    With the outbreak of the Zika virus in Brazil, many Olympic committees are discussing whether to send their athletes to the Games."




  • Russia Could Be Banned From Rio Games After Doping Report - Text + Audio - 18 July 2016
    "Russia’s Olympic team may be banned from Rio after a report details state-sponsored doping.
    The IOC meets Tuesday to discuss the Russian Olympic team’s status."

  • Olympic Doping Probe Focused on Russian Athletes - Text + Audio + Photos - 18 May 2016
    "Russian Olympic athletes may be in danger of missing this year’s Olympic Games in Brazil.
    The IOC is investigating allegations of doping going back to the 2008 Games in China."

    IOC = International Olympic Committee














  • The Boy Who Learned To Fly - 23 August 2016
    "This ELT lesson plan is designed around the theme of the Olympic Games and a short film based on the life of Usain Bolt film created
    by Moonbot Studios and commissioned by Gatorade.
    In the lesson students speak about sports and the Olympic games, watch a short film, retell a story and write a summary of a story."



  • The Superhumans - a lesson
    "This ELT lesson plan is designed around a short video commissioned by Channel 4 to advertise the Paralympic Games in Rio.
    In the lesson students listen to a song, write down song lyrics, visualise the content of a video, watch a video, speak and write about the struggles people with disabilities overcome."
    Time: 90 minutes

    Topic: Disability and Paralympic Games


    "Get Set’s Road to Rio includes a package of exciting learning resources for ages 7-11 and 11-14 centred around the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games. These activities promote teamwork and healthy, active lifestyles inspired by Olympic and Paralympic athletes and the power of sport.
    The resources comprise:
    1. Assemblies
    2. Classroom activities
    3. Activity sheets..."

  • The Olympics
    "Celebrate the Olympics with our popular teaching materials. Includes posters, activity resources, lesson plans and more!"

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  • Rio 2016 Olympics race walking: all you need to know – video explainer
    "As track and field events get under way at the Rio 2016 Olympics, find out more about race walking: the rules, the history and the world record holders. London 2012 saw records tumble in several events. Will the same happen in Brazil?"
    More from Rio 2016 Olympic explainer videos.


  • Mary Carillo's Badminton Rant - Athens 2004
    "This was taken off the air from a badminton broadcast in the middle of the night, US time.
    What starts as a normal description about the equipment turns into a full-on rant about how backyard badminton is *really* played."



  • From Syria to Rio 2016 - The story of Yusra Mardini | Refugee Olympic Team
    "17 year old Syrian refugee Yusra Mardini will swim for the Refugee Olympic Team at Rio 2016.
    We speak to Yusra in Germany to see how she has settled into her new life and how she is training for the Olympic Games."

    "Saturday, Mardini won her first heat in the 100 meter butterfly, but did not make the finals. Still, she’s young, and hopes to compete in the 2020 Games. She also hopes to inspire others to think of refugees as normal people."



  • The 16 ads you’re likely to love the most during the Rio 2016 Games

  • Cat Olympics 2016
    "May The Olympics Games Begin! Every 4 years Cathletes from nations world wide compete in a test of strength and prowless in the Cat Olympics! The Furball kitties are taking part in the games for the US team. The pressure is on for these American mewcomers, they are cute, but can they win the gold? How pawsome can they be? Dreams can come true! Winners believe in greatness! Let them roar! We are celebrating the Summer Cat Games 2016!"




  • Rio Olympics 2016: Games set for opening ceremony - VIDEOS - 5 August 2016
    "The 2016 Olympic Games officially start in Rio on Friday with the opening ceremony at the Maracana Stadium.
    Athletes from 206 nations and a refugee team are in Brazil to compete in 28 sports and be watched by a global audience of billions.
    The build-up has been dominated by a Russian doping scandal, the Zika virus and issues with the city's security, infrastructure and venues.
    But it is time for the sporting action to take centre stage. These are the Games of the 31st Olympiad but are the 28th to be held as those in 1916, 1940 and 1944 did not take place because of war."



  • Aerial views of the Rio 2016 Olympic venues - VIDEO - 5 August 2016
    "From the legendary Macaranã stadium to the famous sandy beaches of the Copacabana, we take a look at the key Rio Olympics venues from up on high."


  • Rio police use tear gas to break up protest on Olympic torch relay – video - 4 August 2016
    "Brazilian police use tear gas and pepper spray to disperse protesters gathered along of the Olympic torch relay route near Rio de Janeiro on Wednesday. Reports suggest people in the neighboring municipality of Duque de Caxias are protesting against salary delays of public workers in Rio state."







Maracanã Stadium, site of the opening and closing ceremonies, in addition to the finals of football.