5 Fun Facts About This Year's Olympics in Rio

With 7 days to go until the starting pistol is fired at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, we've uncovered 5 fun facts about Rio and the historic event.

1. Rio de Janeiro was awarded the right to host the 2016 Summer Olympics by the 121st Session of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the general assembly of this body, held in Copenhagen, Denmark, on October 2, 2009. -Rio 2016 

2. Rio is named after a river that doesn't exist. "According to tradition, the spot now called Rio de Janeiro was first visited in January 1502 by Portuguese explorers, who believed the bay they encountered (now called Guanabara Bay) was the mouth of a river. They named the area Rio de Janeiro, "River of January." -Smithsonian.com

3. Around 10,500 athletes from 206 countries are expected to take part in 17 days on the Olympiad, competing across 206 events. -NBC Sports

4. The Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic mascots' names are Vinicius and Tom. Those names won a public vote over two other sets of names, tallying 44 percent of 323,327 votes.  -NBC Sports

5. Golf, sevens rugby, and kitesurfing will be making an Olympic debut this summer at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. The 2016 Games will hold 28 sports and 38 disciplines in total.

If you're not a resident of Brazil but you want to purchase tickets to the 2016 Summer Olympics, you'll have to get in contact with the Authorized Ticket Reseller for your country. You can find more information here