Road to Rio 2016: Ones to Watch in Olympic Team GB this Summer

With the next Summer Olympics just days away, here’s our round-up of the ones to watch in Team GB at this year’s games.


The countdown to the 2016 Summer Olympics is on and this year the games are bigger than ever, with more than 10,000 athletes from over 200 countries set to compete in Brazil.

The competition for places on National Teams has been fierce and Team GB have selected a monster 366 athletes to compete at Rio 2016 — that’s the biggest team selection for an away games in 24 years!

British athletes will compete across 23 sports, including the newly introduced and highly anticipated Rugby 7s competition.

Personally, we’re most looking forward to taking in the action from the Sambódromo (archery venue), Lagoa Stadium (rowing venue), the Olympic Shooting Centre and the Olympic Equestrian Centre.

Here’s our personal favourites, rundown of Team GB’s ‘Ones to Watch’ from the world of target sports, horse riding and rowing.

Team GB Shooting: Ones to Watch

Six athletes make up the Team GB shooting squad for Rio 2016, four of which have previous Olympic experience.

The squad will compete across 4 events: Women’s Skeet, Women’s 50m 3 Positions, Men’s Trap and Men’s Double Trap.

We’ll be keeping a close eye on the youngest star of the Team GB shooting squad, Amber Hill.

At just 18 years old, Hill became the youngest ever Skeet World Cup gold medallist in 2013, won gold at the inaugural European Games in June 2015 and took another gold at the 2015 ISSF World Cup Final in Cyprus!

Team GB Archery: Ones to Watch

The archery squad for Team GB is made up of just two athletes — Naomi Folkard and Patrick Huston.

One of the smaller squads, maybe, but Folkard holds a wealth of Olympic experience having competed in Athens 2004, Beijing 2008 and London 2012. She will be looking to build on her recent second place finish at the World Cup in Antalya, Turkey which secured her Olympic spot.

Huston is making his Olympic debut after finishing third at this year’s European Championships in Nottingham. At just 20 years old, he’ll be looking to make an impression at his first games!

Team GB Equestrian: Ones to Watch

The 12-strong Team GB equestrian squad for Rio 2016 was announced in early July, featuring Team GB’s oldest athlete John Whitaker who will turn 61 on the day of the opening ceremony!

The squad also includes three-time Olympic medallist William Fox-Pitt (Eventing), reigning World, European and Olympic Champion Charlotte Dujardin (Dressage) and London 2012 gold medallists Nick Skelton and Ben Maher (Jumping).

Team GB Rowing: Ones to Watch

The Team GB rowing squad for Rio 2016 is formidable and is no doubt a force to be reckoned with at this year’s games!

With a plethora of experience, the squad contains a number of Olympic Champions that will be looking to defend their titles at Rio 2016.

Alongside well known names such as Helen Glover, Heather Stanning and Alex Gregory, we’ll be keeping our eyes on some of the exciting Olympic debutants in the squad.

Charlotte Taylor has only been rowing since 2010 but has already won European Championships gold and World Championships silver alongside Kat Copeland. They will be competing in the lightweight double scull event in Brazil.

Will Fletcher is another Olympic debutante with high hopes for a medal at Rio 2016. A former Under 23 World Champion, Fletcher broke into the senior squad in 2011 and has
won medals at the World and European Championships.

He, and rowing partner Richard Chambers, will no doubt be looking for another podium finish in the men’s lightweight double skulls at Rio.

You can find out more about all the British athletes selected to compete at Rio 2016 by visiting the Team GB website.

For more information about the 2016 Olympics, including details about event scheduling, visit the official Rio 2016 website.

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