Rio Olympics 2016: Athletes Competing In Summer Games (PHOTOS)

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Rio Olympics 2016 Athletes

By Andrew Shuster

Rio Olympics 2016 Athletes

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The 2016 Summer Olympic Games kick off in Rio de Janeiro on Friday, with the world’s top athletes vying for gold medals in various competitions. See a gallery below of some of the major sports stars participating in the Olympic events.

Swimmer Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time with 22 gold medals, was selected as Team USA’s flag bearer for the Opening Ceremony. Other notable names swimming for Team USA include Missy Franklin, Ryan Lochte, Nathian Adrian and Maya DiRado, while David Boudia, Kassidy Cook and Great Britain’s Tom Daley will compete in diving.

Many professional NBA players are also playing in the summer games. Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, Draymond Green, DeAndre Jordan, Tony Parker and Kyle Lowry are just a few of the NBA stars participating. As for women’s basketball, Elena Delle Donne, Sue Bird and Maya Moore are among the standouts competing.

Additional Olympic athletes include tennis superstars Venus Williams, Serena Williams, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray, golfers Bubba Watson and Rickie Fowler, soccer players Hope Solo and Alex Morgan, gymnasts sGabby Douglas and Simone Biles, track and fielders Allyson Felix and Ashton Eaton, volleyball player Carli Lloyd and many more.

The Opening Ceremony of the 2016 Rio Olympics begin Friday at 8 p.m. on NBC, while the closing ceremony will air Sunday, August 21. See a photo gallery below of some of this year’s top Olympic athletes!

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