OCEANROCKS Olympic Guide
The Rio 2016 Olympic Games are finally here, and there’s a host of chances for TEAM GB glory on the water. Over 10,500 athletes from more than 200 countries will complete in 306 events covering 28 sports. Here’s OCEANROCKS Olympic Guide to the action…
OCEANROCKS Olympic Guide
Rio is four hours behind the UK so unless you’re lucky enough to be going to Brazil you’ll have to plan your viewing carefully. As usual the BBC is the Olympic broadcaster. Rowing and swimming are usually well catered for, but you may need to look around the schedules and channels to find more comprehensive coverage of sailing, beach volleyball and suchlike. Keep an eye on the Team GB Sailing Facebook page too. The RYA’s sailing team website is worth a look and following on Twitter. Most of the athletes are on Twitter too.
Opening ceremony (starts BST midnight – Saturday 6 August)
Closing ceremony (starts BST midnight Monday 22 August)
Beach Volleyball 6 – 18 August
Diving 7 – 20 August
Marathon Swimming 15-16 August
Rowing 6 – 13 August
Sailing 8 – 18 August
Beach Volleyball is set to be held in an awesome arena on Copacabana Beach – it’s the home of the sport after all.
Sailing teams will be competing out of Marina da Gloria. Races take place in Guanabara Bay which Rio de Janeiro sits next to. According to some media reports (if you believe what you read!) it’s pretty badly polluted – a far cry from the London 2012 events which used the Jurassic Coast’s lovely waters in Dorset.
Going for Gold on the Water
As we all know, Britannia Rules the Waves so here’s some more about our Sailing Team and their chances at Rio 2016.
Great Britain has won more Olympic sailing Gold medals than anyone else. That’s a good start. Team GB have scooped 25 Golds and 54 medals in total since the sport was first introduced into the Olympics in Paris 1900.
And last time around, Team GB’s Sailing Team didn’t let the side down, bagging Gold and Silvers in home waters. London 2012 Sailing events took place just off the coast of Dorset from the National Sailing Academy on Portland, at the heart of the Jurassic Coast.
Big Ben Strikes Again
At London 2012 Sir Ben Ainslie bagged Gold to become the most decorated sailing Olympian. With four Gold medals to his name he ranks alongside the great and good of UK Olympic Royalty. But Sir Ben subsequently jumped ship to head up the Land Rover BAR (Ben Ainslie Racing) Team and follow dreams of America’s Cup glory.
A New Golden Generation
But now there’s a new kid on the block in the Finn class. Giles Scott goes into the games on a good run of form, cleaning up at virtually every Regatta he competes at, and boasting double world championship wins.
Others to look out for are veteran Olympic medal winning windsurfers Bryony Shaw and Nick Dempsey competing in the RSX class.
Shaw became Britain’s first ever female windsurfing medallist by claiming Bronze in Beijing in 2008, and she also competed in home waters in 2012. Bryony also enters the games in good form, bagging World Cup wins in Miami and Abu Dhabi in 2015, plus Gold at the European Championships in Sicily.
Rio is the fourth Olympics for Dempsey, who claimed Bronze in Athens in 2004 and Silver in London in 2012. He’ll be hoping to continue the upward trend in Rio with Gold.
Other familiar faces competing include London 2012 Silver medalists Luke Patience (470 class) and Women’s 470 pair Saskia Clark and Hannah Mills.
Alongside the experience are some new faces who also stand a good chance on the water. World champion Nick Thompson took home Gold in the 2015 Laser World Championships, whilst Ben Saxton and Nicola Groves were 2015 Euro champions in Nacra 17 Class.
Want more? Meet the team.
TEAM GB sailing won one Gold and four Silver medals at London 2012, and hopes are high they’ll do even better in 2016.
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