Rio 2016 is SO nearly upon us, and we're super duper excited.
Cast your mind back to the gloriousness that was the 2012 Olympics in London: those long summer afternoons spent roaring at the TV, the explosive opening ceremony, the overnight (and intensely passionate) vested interest in rowing. The Olympics are great, and we can only hope that Rio 2016 is going to be as great as London’s 2012 Summer Games.
If there’s one thing that London 2012 taught us is that our Team GB female athletes are all kinds of amazing. Medal-winning, Olympic champion amazing, and no doubt our girls will be going out to Brazil with their eyes firmly set on the winner’s podium. And with more British female athletes competing this year than at any other 'away' Games in history (164 women in total, awesome) Team GB has a great chance of securing more Olympic titles, and bringing home tonnes of fancy medal finery.
Starting in less than a fortnight (August 5th), the 2016 Rio Games are sitting right at the top of team InStyle’s prioritised ‘to watch’ list. Here are some of the Team GB athletes we’ll be rooting for along the way…
1. Georgia Coates – Swimming
Leeds-born water baby Georgia is no stranger to glory - the 17-year old won a staggering five medals in the 2015 European Games. Amazing right? The youngest member of the women’s swim team, Georgia will be representing the UK in the 4 × 200 metre freestyle relay with team members Jazmin Carlin, Ellie Faulkner and Camilla Hattersley.
2. Laura Muir – Athletics
Middle-distance athlete Laura is travelling to Rio on the back on an incredible victory – over the weekend, the 23-year-old Scottish runner broke Dame Kelly Holmes British 1500m record at the Anniversary Games in London, a record that Dame Kelly set way back in 2004 at the Athens Summer Games. Impressive. So, we think it’s safe to say that Laura’s medal prospects are pretty high right now. She came an impressive 5th in the World Championships in Beijing for 1500m, and looks to be in great shape for Brazil.
3. Nicola Adams - Boxing
Nicola Adams. Where do we even start? The first British woman to win an Olympic gold in Boxing, MBE, LGBT campaigner, and the he reigning Olympic, World, Commonwealth Games and European Games champion at flyweight. She’s just incredible. And at 33 years of age, Leeds native Nicola is still at the top of her game - fingers crossed she’ll bring home another medal from Rio 2016. We heart you Nicola.
4. Samantha Murray - Modern Pentathlon
Ok, so imagine not participating in just one Olympic event but five. Yep, the Modern Pentathlon comprises of fencing, 200m freestyle swimming, show jumping, and a final combined event of pistol shooting, with a 3200 m cross-country run - Britain's 26-year-old Samantha Murray is hoping to secure Team GB a medal in this event. A silver medallist at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Samantha is a self-professed 'perfectionist' who thrives on competition. Plus, she has to ride a horse as part of her event. And that takes some skill. Ultimate admiration.
5. Laura Trott - Cycling
Laura Trott, OBE is a cyclist specialising in team pursuit, scratch race and omnium disciplines, and is already reigning Olympic and European champion in both events, reigning world champion in the omnium, as well as four-times a world champion in the team pursuit. Oh, and she's the reigning world and European champion in the scratch race. This girl. She's just awesome. Her nickname is Squid, her favourite show is Eastenders, and she's 24. Yes, 24. Unbelievable talent.
6. Amy Tinkler - Gymnastics
At 16, Amy is the youngest member of Team GB, and will be competing in the Artistics discipline. Tinkler entered her first competition at age seven and by 11 she was representing Great Britain in junior competitions, going on to become the 2015 British all-around champion. Amy thrives off of the crowd, admitting in a 2015 interview that she loves 'big audiences' - well, it doesn't get much bigger than Rio, Amy! 16 years old - that's just crazy, right?
7. Helen Glover & Heather Stanning - Rowing
Team GB's women's rowing pair Helen Glover and Heather need no introduction. The reigning Olympic, world and European champions have not lost a race for well over four years, and are a formidable presence on the water. They'll be looking to defend their Olympic title at Rio 2012, and are electric to watch. Get ready to cheer, VERY loudly.
8. Nicola White - Hockey
Oldham-born Nicola started playing Hockey aged 7, and has gone on to represent Great Britain after making her international debut in 2009. Nicola was part of the bronze medal-winning squad selected for the 2012 Olympic Games in London (and was actually one of the youngest team members), and has won silver at the Champions Trophy and bronze medals at the World Cup, Commonwealth, and European competitions. Let's hope she and the rest of Team GB's hockey team do just as well in Rio.
These are just a handful of inspirational women representing Great Britain during the Summer Games, and we wish the whole squad the very best of luck. To find out more about all the other incredible Team GB athletes (Archery, Judo, Golf... SO much talent) be sure to visit TeamGB.com for all thing Olympics. Roll on August 5th!