A History of Short Words

From the New York Times Crossword Puzzle

RIO

Wed, 27 Apr '22
2016 Olympics host, informally
Sun, 6 Feb '22
Grande preceder
Wed, 4 Aug '21
Vegas hotel and casino that is the longtime host of the World Series of Poker
Sun, 23 May '21
Summer Olympics host before Tokyo
Sun, 25 Apr '21
Where gymnast Simone Biles won four golds
Sun, 4 Apr '21
Home of the world's largest carnival
Wed, 24 Mar '21
Home to the Christ the Redeemer statue, in brief
Tue, 16 Mar '21
The city in 2002's "City of God"
Tue, 23 Feb '21
___ Grande
Thu, 31 Dec '20
Where swimmer Katie Ledecky won four Olympic golds