Dreaming Big – GB’s Golden Girls
As we wait for the Paralympics to commence, we’re still buzzing after an historic Olympic games for Team GB! Finishing in second place in the medal tables behind USA and beating China, Britain beat their medal tally of the London 2012 Olympics! We take a look at all the talented and hard working athletes that brought medals home from Rio 2016! But it’s not the medals hanging round their necks that makes these women so remarkable. It’s the journey they’ve been on to reach that moment. For each of these Olympians, it’s taken years of dedication and sacrifice, passion, ambition and sheer determination to achieve their goals. No doubt along the way they will have encountered a fair few Debbie Downers and Negative Nancies, doubting them and telling them they can’t do it, but each of them has the strength of mind to cast those doubts far in to the shadows and keep driving forward towards their goals. They’ve faced adversity, injury and illnesses, highs and lows, even love and loss. Something we truly live by at Snooks is the belief that if you want something badly enough, you will do everything you can to make it happen. So below is the definitive list of all of Team GB’s medalists from the Rio 2016 games! Here’s a huge high-five to all of our golden girls (and silver & bronze girls) for making it happen!
Sophie Hitchon Women’s Hammer Throw – BRONZE
Jessica Ennis-Hill Women’s Heptathlon – SILVER
The legend that is Jessica Ennis-Hill added a cheeky silver to her Olympic medal collection. Considering she gave birth to her son just two years ago, she’s managed to squeeze in a four year training cycle to ensure success at Rio! We salute you, Jess.
Rebecca James – TWO SILVERS
Britain is growing its reputation as a cycling powerhouse! Rebecca James scooped up two silver medals – one in the Sprint and one in the Keirin. She also overcame injury and a cancer scare in the last two years leading up to the Olympics.
Katy Marchant: Women’s Sprint – BRONZE
Katy only started cycling three years ago, and has managed to bag herself a bronze medal in the Sprint already! She’s one to watch!
Laura Trott: Women’s Omnium – GOLD
Women’s cycling track team Pursuit GOLD
Laura smashed records to win four gold Olympic medals, making her Britain’s most decorated female Olympian ever. And she’s just 24 years old. She tweeted this after winning:
“Who says girls can’t play sports?! I KEEP PLAYING and just won GOLD! #LikeAGirl”.
Charlotte Dujardin: Equestrian Dressage Individual – GOLD
Retaining her title from London 2012! And she got a cheeky marriage proposal from her boyfriend to top it all off! (one of FOUR public marriage proposals at the Olympics… two of which were same-sex couples! There must be something in the air in Rio! #lovewins
Amy Tinkler: Floor Exercise – BRONZE
Gymnastics Women’s Floor Exercise BRONZE
Team GBs youngest athlete! Between sitting her GCSEs last month, and collecting her results on her return, she managed to slot in a quick trip to Rio de Janeiro to casually pick up a bronze medal.
Bryony Page: Trampoline – SILVER
Twenty-five year old Bryony bounced her way to silver on the trampoline! She’s the first ever British athlete to win a medal in the event!
Sally Conway – BRONZE
Whilst competing in London 2012, Sally injured her shoulder ligaments in the first round and required surgery, but this didn’t stop her achieving a bronze medal at Rio!
Women’s Eight – SILVER
Katherine Grainger and Vicky Thornley: Double Sculls – SILVER
Helen Glover and Heather Stanning: Women’s Pairs – GOLD
Jazz Carlin: 800m and 400m Freestyle – BOTH SILVER
Siobhan-Marie O’Connor: 200m Individual Medley – SILVER
Nicola Adams: Women’s Fly Weight – GOLD
Nicola was the first woman to win an Olympic boxing title when the women’s competition it was introduced to the games in 2012. She retained her title in Rio!
Women’s sailing team
Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark– 470 GOLD
Tae Kwon Do
Jade Jones: 57kg – GOLD
Vicky splashed, cycled and ran her way to a Bronze medal!
The Hockey girls brought home Gold in an epic final! About half the team are from Loughborough where Snooks is based!