PentaSpotlight: Rio 2016 – The Ones to Watch

The Olympics are on the horizon and we cannot wait! The greatest, and most diverse sporting show on earth hits Rio in just over a week…

We know that Brazil can put on a show; just look at the recent football World Cup and the carnivals they’re famous for! Even though there may be a dark cloud looming over the games in the form of doping, we’re sure that this Olympics will be a great success!

We thought we’d look some of the stars to look out for, from a few of the countries in which we have hotels…


Michael Jung (Equestrian)

What an amazing sportsman this guy is...can he claim gold again?
What an amazing sportsman this guy is…can he claim gold again?

This guy is the Mo Farah, Chris Froome, Usain Bolt of Equestrian…He won two gold medals at the London Olympic Games, which meant he became the first rider ever to hold the Olympic, World and European title at the same time!

He’ll enter the competition as favourite to retain both titles and is a real class act on four legs!


Renaud Lavillenie (Athletics)

Renaud Lavillenie
Piece of Cake right..? What these guys do is incredible!

This guy is pure class…he is the reigning Pole Vault Olympic Champion, as well as the World Record holder (6.16m) – that is no mean feat considering the incredible record of Sergey Bubka, a vault of 6.15m stood for over 20 years! When this guy is on song, he’s in a league of his own and no one can touch him.

Occasionally he has been known to ‘bottle it,’ at major events, most noticeably the World Championships, Yet, Lavillenie seems a dead cert for gold!


Si Yajie (Diving)

The bravery and skill involved in high platform diving is quit remarkable...
The bravery and skill involved in high platform diving is quite remarkable…

At 14 years old, she won the 10 metre platform World Championships in 2013…just take a moment to absorb that! However, although still one of the favourites, she’ll have to overcome her fellow Chinese compatriot, Ren Qian, who is only 14 and the in form Kim-Kuk Hyang from North Korea.

The diving is always an amazing spectacle, with the exceptionally fine margins that can make or break a flawless sequence. It should be a brilliant competition at Rio 2016.

Great Britain

Nicola Adams (Boxing)

The first ever Olympic Champion in Women's Boxing...Will she be the 2nd too?
The first ever Olympic Champion in Women’s Boxing…Will she be the 2nd as well?

The reigning Olympic Champion and current World Champion will enter the Olympic Games in Rio as a huge favourite…Inspired by the late, great Muhammad Ali, she won the hearts of the British Nation with her little in-ring shuffle and aggressive, and accurate boxing technique. There’s no doubt that she’s one of the people’s champions of Team GB, and has a real shot at retaining her title in Rio.

Of course, we’ve got to give a special mention to a couple of other athletes who are somewhat in a league of their own…America’s Ashton Eaton, decathlete and possibly the most remarkable athlete in the world is one to watch out for, as well as a certain Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time.

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The track of Rio 2016 will no doubt be lit up but Team GB’s Mo Farah, Kenya’s superman, David Rudisha, and the biggest entertainer in the world of sport; the legendary Usain Bolt!

Catch the action live from Rio and proudly support your nation in the pentalounge…you’ll be anything but bored!

Visit for hotel availability and room rates for your 2016 holiday destination.

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