The storylines (including one of our own articles) leading up to the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro foreshadowed concern, contamination, and crime, but the games came and went without any major issues. Brazil ended up hosting an epic spectacle with crowds witnessing awe-inspiring achievements on a daily basis. Not only were there vibrant scenes of success in the fields of competition, but the streets of Rio were buzzing with great stories of global unity.
One of the most happening venues was the Oakley Safe House, which hosted more than 500 of the top international athletes that the company sponsors. I went down to Rio along with Oakley to interview some of those athletes, and I got an exclusive welcome to their invite-only Safe House. The sunglasses giant, who is known for its sporty line of high-tech shades, set up these Safe Houses in each of the last five Olympics (including Rio) with the goal of giving the team a home away from home. There was comfort food, entertainment, and intercontinental mingling — and we got a taste of it all.
Here’s a recap of what we found inside the Oakley Safe House at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.