Friday night's Olympic opening ceremony in Rio de Janeiro provides the official start to 16 days of competition that will see the world's best athletes competing for the gold. Athletes from 206 countries plus, for the first time, a team of refugees will parade through legendary Maracana Stadium for the opening pageant.
When Brazil hosted the World Cup two years ago, the men's national team suffered an epic 7-1 loss to Germany in the semifinals. Now "7-1 wasn't enough" has entered the lexicon as a slang phrase to represent Brazil's many misfortunes.
Kosovo is making its first appearance in the Olympics, sending eight athletes to the games. They are admittedly a small team but optimism and pride are strong. They have a good shot at a medal in women's judo, too.
Lots of Olympic hopes are riding on 18-year-old, 6-foot-1-inch high jumper Vashti Cunningham. She just graduated from high school and went pro, signing a deal with Nike. She's coached by her father, former star NFL quarterback Randall Cunningham.
He never dared imagine he could make it to the Olympics, but 28-year-old fencer Jason Pryor will be competing at this summer's games in Rio de Janeiro. He's ranked No. 1 in the U.S. in men's epee fencing.
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