Friday, September 30, 2016

Rio 2016: Meet Team Australia

Rio 2016: Meet Team Australia

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Rio 2016 is 10 days away. Before the majority of the Australian team pushes forth for Rio de Janeiro, here is the overall makeup of the 2016 Australian Olympic team.

From 409 strong athletes, the Australian contingent will be led by Anna Meares with the Australian flag at the Rio Summer Olympics opening ceremony. She is on her fourth and last Olympics with 2 golds and 11 world titles. She dazzled Australia with her comeback silver win at the Beijing Olympic Games in 2008 months after she broke her neck.

Out of the 28 sports in Rio Olympics, Australia will have an athlete competing for every sport category on the list except fencing and handball. The team will be a force to be reckoned with in the summer games. The team features 6-time Olympian Lalita Yauhleuskaya for the shooting team to 5-time oldest competitor and equestrian Mary Hanna.

Lalita has competed for Australia for 4 times and 2 times for origin country Belarus while Sahit Prizreni who is gunning for a gold in wrestling competed for Albania formerly.

Team Australia also proudly carries 7 indigenous athletes in their team spread across different sports. If there’s anything this contingent proves, being an Olympian runs in the family.

For Rio 2016, Team Australia will have 8 sets of siblings and 4 pairs of cousins. 9 couples will be competing together and hopefully are still together by the end of the Olympics. At least those 9 are the only ones AOC knows about. The numbers for couples does not include those in a secret relationship.

19 athletes will spend their birthdays in the Olympics while 58 athletes have previously won medals in past Olympic games. 12 of those medals are gold.

To further display diversity, Team Australia will have 48 athletes from overseas competing for the team. Meanwhile, New South Wales brought in the biggest group of athletes by state with 111 athletes. Northern Territory has their chosen two.

The Rio 2016 Australia team is the fifth largest contingent the country has sent to an Olympic Game. The team currently has 142 golds and 483 medals garnered for all of the Summer Olympic games. For Rio 2016, the team hopes to bring home their 150th gold and 500th medal respectively.

Rio 2016Sounak Mukhopadhyay | Australia Network News