Rio 2016 Olympics looming ever closer


With not long to go until we get to experience the greatest sporting spectacle on earth, the Rio 2016 Olympics loom ever closer, so close on the horizon we can nearly see it.

This week we crossed the 200-day mark, and before we know it, we will be in August and witnessing the Games opening ceremony at the majestic Maracana Stadium.

It will be a great opportunity for Great Britain’s athletes to build on their nation’s incredible performance at their home Olympics four years ago and to determine if the legacy talk of London 2012 has come to fruition and the Games have in fact been able to “Inspire a Generation”.

Hope turned to expectation, expectation turned to joy, and joy turned to sheer euphoria as the medal count increased day by day, with day eight of the Games – “Super Saturday” providing six golds for the country and being billed by Lord Sebastian Coe as ‘the greatest day of sport’ he had ever witnessed. Now the task ahead is for Britain to push on from their annus mirabilis and maintain the momentum in Brazil – UK Sport believes that a haul of over 65 medals is “within scope”.

A myriad of factors will come into play when our athletes take to the stage, or the platform, or the pitch, and aim to bring home the illustrious gold medal. Preparation, talent, hard work, confidence and mental endurance will all be tested to the limit in the athletes’ pursuit of glory.

One of the best ways to mentally condition yourself for that one big moment is to engage in conversation with an athlete that has achieved glory time and time again on the greatest stage of all.

Sir Steve Redgrave CBE is one such individual. One of Great Britain’s greatest ever Olympians and one of the most successful male rowers in Olympic history. Bringing home gold medals is one thing, but at five consecutive Games? Steve Redgrave is the only person to have achieved this feat in an endurance sport, pushing himself to the brink of peak performance, rowing harder than anyone else in the sport, for longer, with more focus, a true sportsman and a fantastic rower. Steve is the third most decorated British Olympian after Olympic Cyclists Sir Chris Hoy and Sir Bradley Wiggins. He has carried the British flag at the opening of the Olympics on two occasions and in 2011 he even received the BBC Sports Personality of the Year – Lifetime Achievement Award for his dedication to the world of sport.

Steve’s achievements are put into even greater context by the knowledge that Steve has been battling illness for a substantial portion of his career.

In 1992, he was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis, and in 1997, he was found to suffer from Type 2 Mellitus Diabetes, causing unforeseeable bouts of fatigue when rowing.

The drive to overcome adversity and achieve peak performance are two attributes Steve talks of in length as an Olympics speaker, appealing to business and sporting environments alike.

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