Dear Sports Fan's Guide to the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio

Every two years the attention of a large percent of the world focuses for two or three weeks on the Olympics. No Olympics are perfect and this edition has its problematic elements but, if you’re going to watch, you should get the most out of the experience. In an attempt to help you in that endeavor, I’ve prepared a variety of resources.


In response to my family asking me where they can find the best TV schedule for the Olympics is, (and being disappointed with what I could find online), I created my own schedule. You can view the whole schedule in Google Sheets form. There’s a tab for each sport in the spreadsheet. This is the best bet for those of you on phones. If you want the convenience of just seeing today’s or tomorrow’s schedule, I’ve provided a version of each on the Dear Sports Fan website itself. Here is today’s schedule and here is tomorrow’s schedule.

All About the Events

Below are short posts for each sport┬áthat explain what it’s all about, how it works, why people like watching it, what the different events within the sport are, how dangerous it is, and what the state of gender equality is within the sport.

  1. Archery
  2. Badminton
  3. Basketball
  4. Beach Volleyball
  5. Boxing
  6. Canoe/Kayak
  7. Cycling
  8. DivingEquestrian
  9. Fencing
  10. Field Hockey
  11. Golf
  12. Gymnastics
  13. Handball
  14. Judo
  15. Modern Pentathlon
  16. Rhythmic Gymnastics & Trampoline
  17. Rowing
  18. Rugby Sevens
  19. Sailing
  20. Shooting
  21. Soccer
  22. Swimming
  23. Synchronized Swimming
  24. Table Tennis
  25. Tennis
  26. Taekwondo
  27. Track & Field
  28. Triathlon
  29. Volleyball
  30. Water Polo
  31. Weightlifting
  32. Wrestling

Keep an eye out during the games for other content about the Olympics and, of course, if you have questions as you watch the games please email them to me at and I’ll be happy to answer!