Returning Athletes: Six Stars Making a Return for the 2016 Olympics


Brooke Chaplan

Returning Athletes: Six Stars Making a Return for the 2016 Olympics

The summer Olympics are an incredible spectacle. With international basketball, track, soccer (football), and swimming just to name a few, the Olympics are an opportunity for countries to showcase their biggest stars. Here are six of the most famous stars who are most likely making a return for the 2016 Olympics and hoping to get the gold!

Kevin Durant

KD, the NBA’s MVP in 2014, is a unique and supremely talented superstar. Durant can shoot efficiently from anywhere on the court, has absurd length, and extreme athleticism. Durant is also known to be kind and likable. Although recently he has been dealing with a food injury, his manager, Sam Presti said he will be back playing soon. Experts with masters degrees in coaching agree that if he can avoid injury, he will certainly have a place on the 2016 Olympic roster. Durant is headed for a hall of fame career either way.

Usain Bolt

Bolt will almost certainly participate in the 2016 Olympics. Bolt, the 28 year old Jamaican Olympic sprinter, holds six Olympic gold medals in sprinting. He has been called the world’s most marketable athlete. Bolt has announced that he plans to retire from racing in the year 2017. Michael Phelps

It is still a possibility that Phelps will make a return for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio. Phelps’ comeback would be historically significant, as he has already won 18 Olympic gold medals. He has the record for the most gold medals by an Olympic athlete. Phelps, otherwise known as The Baltimore Bullet, is the most successful athlete in the history of the Olympic Games. Gabby Douglas

Gabby Douglas is only 19 years old. She vaulted to fame during the 2012 Summer Olympics. Douglas was the winner of two gold medals, in both team and all-around gymnastics. She is a prodigious talent, winning her first gold medal as a teenager. She will certainly return to the summer Olympics next year as well. Kirani James

Kirani James is a Grenadian sprinter. James runs the 400 meter dash, and won Grenada its first ever Olympic gold medal at the age of 18. He plans to return to the Olympics in the year 2016 to represent Grenada and bring home another gold medal. Serena Williams

Serena Williams is among the best athletes in the history of the world. Williams won both singles and doubles at the 2012 Olympics. She holds four Olympic gold medals, one in women’s singles that she won in the 2012 Olympics, and three in Women’s doubles. She has been relevant in the tennis world for fifteen years, but shows no signs of diminishing ability. She won the 2015 Australian open, and is truly an astounding talent. 

Next summer promises to hold a lot of surprises and old favorites. With these returning stars, it will be interesting to see who maintains their status and keeps a spot at the top.