Two notable events—golf and rugby—have been added to the Rio games. Here’s a superquick primer on what you need to know.
Fun fact: Golf hasn’t been in the Olympics since the 1904 Games in St. Louis. But with a rich field of international golfers participating, Rio is effectively shaping up to be this year’s fifth major: Expect players like Matt Kuchar (USA), Justin Rose (Great Britain), Rickie Fowler (USA), and Sergio Garcia (Spain) to be there—as well as wild cards like Sweden’s Henrik Stenson or Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama—to battle it out under the sun with national pride on the line. Sure, we would’ve preferred Ryder Cup team-style play instead of the individual play we’re used to napping to on Sundays. But, hey—at least Jim Nantz won’t be calling it between whispers about azaleas.
Rugby makes its triumphant return to the Olympics for the first time since 1924. Sevens—with seven players per side, as the name suggests—is an insanely popular sport everywhere but the U.S. With seven-minute halves and nonstop excitement, it’s tailor-made for millennials and anyone who feels there isn’t enough scoring in soccer. And on the heels of a historic title at the prestigious London Sevens last year, the American squad, led by Carlin Isles, the handsome 26-year-old American star from Ohio is poised to make sevens an up-and-coming sport in America.
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