As the country's top athletes put their bodies on the line to compete for the ultimate sporting honour, others weren't prepared to risk the journey to Rio.
NZ Herald Focus presenter Laura McGoldrick admits she chose not to cover the Olympic Games after speaking to several doctors.
Talking to The Hits' Stace and Flynny, McGoldrick said she wants to have babies and to have them soon.
"The Zika virus felt too real to me and too scary and it wasn't a risk I was prepared to take."
Going to the Olympics has always been a dream for McGoldrick, but she felt it just wasn't the right time for her.
"At the end of the day, family comes first."
Deciding not to attend Rio was a huge decision for McGoldrick, who said that she did a lot of research and spoke to four different doctors. Although they all had varying opinions, she felt that there weren't any definitive answers on how long it can stay in your system.
Luckily her bosses were very understanding about her reasons for turning the job down and McGoldrick is still hopeful she will one day realise her Olympic dream.
Spy understands The Crowd Goes Wild host Hayley Holt also turned down the opportunity to cover Rio due to similar fears, as did One News' sports presenter Andrew Saville.