31 takeaways from the 31st Olympiad

By: Trey Walker

The 2016 Rio Olympic Games are finally in the books. Check out 31 significant numbers to commemorate the 31st Olympics….

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Goals in international play by American winger, Megan Rapinoe. However, Rapinoe did not score any goals in Rio as her team fell short of reaching the podium for the first time since Women’s Soccer became an Olympic sport.

30- USA Gold (

Amount of points the United States men’s basketball team beat Serbia by in the Gold Medal match. Duke’s very own Coach K led the US to their 3rd straight gold medal.


International rugby events for Carlin Isles. Rio was his first representing the United States in the Olympics.


Sports that Team USA competed in. Of the 28 sports, 121 medals came home.


Gold medals earned by Team USA’s female athletes. If the women decided to form their own country they would have finished tied with Great Britain in gold medals.


26-0. Score of the first victory for Team USA in Olympic Rugby; this year’s games was the first to feature Rugby since 1924.

25-Male Swimmers (

Male American Swimmers.


Basketball players. Every single player plays professionally in either WNBA or NBA.

23-Michael Phelps Stealthy (

Gold medals earned by Michael Phelps. Over his five visits to the Olympics, he has earned 28 medals total.


22,000 Brazilian military members assigned to the Rio Games. The military made up a fraction of the 85,000 total security detail.

21-Olympic Torch (

April 21st, 2016. The day that the Olympic torch was lit for the Rio Games in the birthplace of the Olympics: Olympia, Greece.


Olympics sponsored by Coca-Cola. (Since 1928)

19- brazil flag

Total medals collected by host nation, Brazil.


Gold medals up for grabs in gymnastics. The United States earned 4 of the 18 available. (22% gold medal winning percentage)


Days of competition.


Kanak Jha

Age of Kanak Jha, the youngest athlete to represent Team USA in Rio(table tennis).


Age of female swimmer phenomenon, Katie Ledecky when she received her first Gold Medal.

14-Barnes Team USA (

Athletes from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill; more than any other college in the state of North Carolina.


World Record breaking performances by US swimmer Katie Ledecky in her career(most recently: 800 Meter).


$11.5-12 Billion. The estimated expenses for the Olympics.

11- Olympic Partners (IOC)

Worldwide Sponsors of the Games.


10.4 K athletes participated from 206 different countries.

9-Usain Bolt (

Gold Medals by Jamaican sprinter, Usain Bolt. After going 9/9 in all of his Olympic races, he is now considered the fastest man ever. He has never come in any places other than 1st.


Golfers(including the world’s top 4) declined playing in Rio due to the Zika Virus concerns.


Million tickets available for purchase of the different events.

6-Kim Rhode (

Olympics for American sharpshooter, Kim Rhode. She is the 1st member from Team USA to medal in 6 Olympics.

5-Simone Biles (

Medals for 4’9″ gymnast, Simone Biles. Biles finished her successful trip to Rio tied for the most medals by a United States gymnast in 1 Olympics.


Billion global viewers of the Rio Games.


3,000 Brazilians forced to relocate their residence by the construction of the different venues for the Games.


New Olympic Sports: Golf and Rugby.


Place the United States finished in the medal count for the 6th straight Olympics, with 121.




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Spieth Stumbles Late at Augusta

By: Hardy Hogan, Guest Contributor

Broughton Senior and Golf star Hardy Hogan attended this year’s Masters tournament. He took diligent notes and offered his take on the tournament for the OT…..

  A tradition unlike any other….The 2016 Masters contained all of the story lines, excitement, and drama that makes it one of the most prestigious sporting events in the world.

  Augusta National Golf Club, in Augusta, Georgia hosted it’s 80th consecutive Masters tournament on April 7-10. Heading into the final round on Sunday, Jordan Spieth, the defending champion, had a 3 shot lead over Dustin Johnson and top ranked player in the world, Jason Day. The lead was two over the young Japanese star, Hideki Matsuyama, and 58 year old Bernhard Langer. Rounding out the chasers was 24 year old Smylie Kaufman, making his first Masters appearance.

  Conditions were tougher than usual during Masters week, with high winds causing scores to be much higher than in years past. However, going into the back nine on Sunday, with a five shot lead, Jordan Spieth seemed sure to defend his green jacket, and repeat as Masters champion.  

  Arnold Palmer once said, “I have a tip that can take five strokes off anyone’s game, it’s called an eraser.” With a bogey, bogey, quadruple-bogey start to his back nine, Spieth would have loved to use one. Hitting two balls in the water on the par three 12th, and carding a four over par quadruple-bogey, Spieth quickly saw his lead destroyed.

  Playing a few groups ahead was Englishman, Danny Willett. Willett began the day three shots back of the lead, but with a bogey-free final round score of 67, the underdog– and new father– found himself as leader in the club-house.

  Spieth would fight back with birdies at 13 and 15, but with a missed birdie opportunity at the par three 16th, and bogey on 17, Danny Willett was crowned Masters champion, giving him his first major championship victory.

 The next major championship is the US Open taking place at Oakmont Country Club in Oakmont, Pennsylvania. Jordan Spieth will again be attempting to defend his title at the Open, on June 16-19.

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