With a total of 883 medals won across summer and winter sports, the UK is a strong player in the Modern Olympic Games.
One of the most notable UK Olympians is track and field athlete Mo Farah, who won four gold medals in the 5000m and 10,000m races at the 2012 and 2016 Olympics. Other standout athletes from the UK include cyclists Chris Hoy and Bradley Wiggins, rower Steve Redgrave, and swimmer Adam Peaty, who won gold in the 100m breaststroke at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
In recent years, the country has seen the emergence of new stars across a range of sports. One is gymnast Max Whitlock, who won two gold medals at the 2016 Rio Olympics and has since added more world championship titles to his name. Another is diver Tom Daley, who won gold in the synchronized 10m platform event at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics.
Looking ahead to the next Olympic Games in Paris 2024, there are several up and coming UK athletes to watch. One is swimmer Freya Anderson, who won three medals at the 2021 European Championships and is expected to make her Olympic debut in Paris. Another is cyclist Ethan Vernon, who won a silver medal in the team pursuit at the 2021 UCI Track Cycling World Championships.
In addition to these individuals, the UK has a strong team across a range of sports, including rowing, boxing, and athletics and there is no doubt the UK athletes will continue to dominate in their chosen categories.
The country has a bright future in Olympic competition, with up-and-coming athletes poised to make their mark at the Paris 2024 Games and beyond. We look forward to seeing all the action in the 2032 Brisbane Olympic games.