The numbers are staggering: More than $11 billion were spent to host the games. Some 85,000 security personnel will work in Rio, that’s more than double the contingent that was in London. And that will cost nearly $900 million.
3.6 billion people are expected to watch the games and the more-than 10,000 Olympians.
But there’s only 1 Sarah Robles.
A Desert Hot Springs-born Olympic weightlifter competing in her 2nd games set to tackle the stiffest international competition.
In 2012, locals from DHS gathered to watch their home town girl, Sarah Robles, compete at the highest level– in the London Olympics.
Deemed the strongest woman in America, she finished 7th at those games. Then a 2-year suspension for a positive drug test derailed her career.
In August of 2015, she was ready to return to international competition, posting her best finish at the 2015 World Championships and returning to Team USA. And this year hoping to find her way to the podium in Rio and earn a medal.
Meanwhile a group of 12-year-old standout softball players out of Palm Springs are bringing home their collection of medals. The latest addition, a World Series title, their 3rd straight.
"It felt normal because we’ve already won it more than one time," said Myranda Jimenez. "But I was just happy."
"I’m now lucky enough to coach 3 World Series champions, back to back to back," said manager and coach Tony Rodrigues.
And the players say they’re lucky to have each other.
"They’re like 12 other sisters," said Jazmine Lara. "I’m the only child, I don’t have family or friends and it’s good being around them, they make me laugh."
And while those ladies returned victoriously, a group of boys, the U12 scorpions out of La Quinta left Friday morning for the Pony League World Series in Los Alamitos.
Their games, live streamed on Facebook, have received thousands of views and this weekend they’ll take on teams from as far as New York for the chance to win their own medals.
If you’d like to watch their games you can find the link to their Facebook page HERE.
Robles will compete in the women’s heavy-weight division on August 14th.