The countdown to the opening ceremony has begun and we can’t wait until the Games kicks off to an enthusiastic British start. The question that is trending is whether it will be our year. The games are being held in Great Britain so will this boost our expectations and spark our inner competitive side so we grab as many medals as we can. This week has already seen Bradley Wiggins be crowned winner of Tour de France.
In the last Olympic Games, in 2008, Great Britain came 4rd overall by winning a total of 47 medals including 19 gold medals by the likes of Victoria Pembleton. In first place was China, who won 51 gold medals, but not the most total of medals overall. USA won 36 gold medals and a total of 110 medals overall. It looks like China and USA are the ones to watch and hopefully beat especially in gymnastic and athletic events.
If we add up all the medals that have been won since the first official Olympic Games in 1896 then we can see that Great Britain has won 709 medals. USA has won a total of 2285 and Russia has won 1009 medals since the beginning. Even if we don’t win the most amount of medals, our Olympic spirit will not be shaken because in the end all that matters is the taking part that counts.
So let the Games begin.