Rio 2016 One Year Anniversary: ANOC looks back on record-breaking Olympic Games
With the one year anniversary of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games passing on Saturday 5 August 2017, ANOC looked back on an Olympic Games which broke the record for NOC participation and showcased Olympism in its truest form.
Athletes from 206 NOCs, plus a first-ever Refugee Team, took part in Rio 2016 and 83 NOCs won medals. Two NOCs made their Olympic debuts, three won their first ever Olympic medal (all gold) and another six won their first ever Olympic gold medals.
A total of 50 NOCs had more women than men in their delegations and female participation reached a record high of 45%. Rugby Sevens made its Olympic debut and Golf returned to the Games after a 112-year absence
It was the first Olympic Games to be held in South America and Rio provided one of the most breath-taking natural backdrops the Games has ever seen. More than 100 Olympic and World records were broken and many more inspiring individual stories were told. These performances were watched by half the world’s population and videos of official content from the Games generated seven billion views.
As at every Olympic Games, Rio 2016 was about more than sport and it provided an opportunity to unite the world and promote the Olympic values. Working together, Rio 2016 and the Olympic Movement overcame many challenges and showcased the power of collective Olympic spirit in action.