Let's Head to the Pool: Rio Olympic Games 2016

Opening Ceremony 2016 Rio Summer Olympics
Opening Ceremony 2016 Rio Summer Olympics | Source
Edwin Flack
Edwin Flack | Source

Australia at the Summer Olympics

418 athletes across 26 sports are representing Australia at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. The Team comprises 271 rookies (64.83%) and the youngest athlete is footballer Ellie Carpenter at 16. Mary Hanna at 61 is the eldest and competing in her 5th Games.

The Australian Olympic Committee was founded and recognised in 1895. Edwin Flack was the first athlete to represent Australia at the Olympics. He won gold in both the 800 metres and the 1500 metres, competed in the marathon and won a bronze medal in tennis doubles at the 1896 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece.

Australian athletes have appeared in every Summer Olympics of the modern era, alongside Great Britain, Greece, and Switzerland.

Team Australia
Team Australia | Source
Cate and Bronte Campbell
Cate and Bronte Campbell | Source
Australia's gold medal winner Mack Horton celebrates on the podium during the ceremony for the men's
Australia's gold medal winner Mack Horton celebrates on the podium during the ceremony for the men's | Source

Let's Head to the Pool

by John Hansen © 2016

The Rio Olympics are underway,

The Aussie team are there to play.

We won't win the medal tally, that I know,

But we'll do our best and give it a go.


Sixteen gold medals is our goal,

Thirteen more than 1988 in Seoul.

Can we achieve it? Time will tell,

But in the pool, we should excel.

Australia's males will do us proud,

But our female athletes will shout loud.

The Campbell sisters, Bronte and Kate

Should bring us gold. I cannot wait.


Young Mack Horton swam so bold,

Winning 400 metre Freestyle gold.

Our first gold medal at these games,

And his initial show at fame.

Even before this verse was through

We achieved gold medal number two.

The Women's 4x100 metre Relay

Did our country proud and won the day.


It's just a hint of what's in store,

In the pool there will be more.

Confident of a good showing,

Each year our medal tally's growing.

(The Boomers)Australian Men's Basketball Team won the first round match against France
(The Boomers)Australian Men's Basketball Team won the first round match against France | Source

There're medal chances in other sport,

In hockey, rugby, and the volleyball court,

In basketball and cycling, at least at first glance.

But silver or bronze appear our best chance.


Now Kyle Chalmers has won gold

He is our youngest, just 17 years old.

He conquered the men's 200 freestyle,

Though at the start he was behind by a mile.


So, swimming is where our success lies,

It's where we expect to get most of the prize.

Winning the Olympics would be so cool,

But all I can say is "Let's head to the pool."

World Record

Australian Rio Olympic Medal Tally: as of 6th Aug 2016

Medal
Name
Sport
Event
Gold
Mack Horton
Swimming
Men's 400 metre Freestyle
Gold
Bronte Campbell, Cate Campbell, Brittany Elmsley, Emma McKeon, Madison Wilson
Swimming
Women's 4x100m Freestyle Relay
Gold
Kyle Chalmers
Swimming
Men's 100 metre Freestyle
Bronze
Alec Potts, Ryan Tyack, Taylor Worth
Archery
Men's Team
After day one of competition at Rio, Australia was surprisingly heading the medal tally with two gold and one bronze medal. How long can we keep that up I wonder?

Australia's highest ever medal haul came in the (hometown) 2000 Sydney Olympics

16 Gold

25 Silver

17 Bronze

58 Medal Total

Our highest gold medal tally was at the 2004 Athens Olympics where our athletes won 17 gold.

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billybuc 4 months ago from Olympia, WA

A pretty good opening day for Australia! You didn't waste any time writing this one, buddy! I do love the Olympics, as you do obviously.

Happy Sunday, John!


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Jodah 4 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks for reading, Bill. Yes, I was quick off the blocks :) had to get in while we were doing well. Was impressed with how we are doing in some of the other team sports as well. Yes, I love the Olympics (most sport actually). Hope Bev is doing ok. All the best to you both.


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FlourishAnyway 4 months ago from USA

Very patriotic poem, Mr. Aussie! We'll have to look out for your team. I don't watch most of the sports but now I will watch looking for the ones you named! Best of luck to you!


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Venkatachari M 4 months ago from Hyderabad, India

I am watching Olympics hockey matches since yesterday. One was India vs Ireland which India won by 3-2 goals. Today, it was women's hockey Japan vs. India and it was a 2-2 draw. So, both opening days were in our favour for hockey. India mostly relies on our archers and shooters who won gold medals in previous games.

Australia is a good team always. I think they are always within the first five countries winning huge medals. Congrats, John, on the capture of 2 gold medals. Your poem is wonderful. Enjoyed it a lot. Wish your country and you best of luck.

A Happy Friends Day.


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Larry Rankin 4 months ago from Oklahoma

I'm glad you guys are off to a solid start. Enjoy watching.


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manatita44 4 months ago from london

Nice. Congratulations! Your poem unfolded the story quite well. I have not even seen it. Perhaps this one will pass me by. Great for Australia!


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Jackie Lynnley 4 months ago from The Beautiful South

The only thing I have watched so far is the coach husband watching his wife in swimming. That was fun and a lot of smiles.


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Jodah 4 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Yes, Flourish, I admit I am a proud Aussie and usually very patriotic. As well as swimming we have a great chance for gold in the Rugby 7s both men and women's, and various others. Thanks for looking out for us.


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Jodah 4 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Congratulations on India's good start in the hockey, Venkat. We actually got a bronze medal in the men's archery this year. India as you say are very accomplished at shooting and archery also, and wrestling if it is still a sport here. Glad you liked the poem, and good luck to your country for the remainder of the events.


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Jodah 4 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks Larry. A good start always builds confidence. Hope we can keep it up.


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Jodah 4 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks Manatita, I know sport isn't everyone's cup of tea but I appreciate you liked the poem.


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Jodah 4 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hi Jackie, yes watching the family's reaction is part of the fun. Hope you watch more and enjoy it.


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always exploring 4 months ago from Southern Illinois

Australia should be just as proud of you, ' The poet ' as you are of the Aussie winners. How about the luxury ship the basketball greats are living in!! It's nice to watch the Olympics to get away from our political arena..


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Jodah 4 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Aw! Thank you Ruby. Luxury ship you say..hmm? Give me sport over politics any day. Maybe that is how we should decide all international and political disputes..on the sports field.


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clivewilliams 4 months ago from Nibiru

i bet this olympics goes down in history,,,,,,,,,,not saying how


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Phyllis Doyle 4 months ago from High desert of Nevada.

Great hub, Jodah. I like the history you provided and love your poem, which shows your pride and enthusiasm for your Aussie athletes. Well done!


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Mel Carriere 4 months ago from San Diego California

I don't have any research to back this up, but the Aussies might have the highest per capita medal count. Yes the US might have the highest total, but we have 319 million people.

I always enjoy watching the Aussies, and I usually cheer for them, unless it's a Yank I particularly like, of course. Australia usually has some contenders in track and field as well.

I'm getting ready to watch the 4 by 100 relay, but I'm afraid I'll be rooting for Phelps and the boys. It'll be fun. Here we go. Great hub!


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Jodah 4 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Yes, Mel, I think you are right. Our current population is only 24 million. So we do quite well per capita. We appreciate your support whenever the USA aren't competing. Your guys won the 4x100 relay (we came third), but the individual 100 should be close because our last swimmer was the only one who swam a decent time..we were coming 7th at one stage during the relay.

We tend to do ok in things like long jump, pole vault, walking etc but not so much in the running.


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Jodah 4 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

I am sure you are right, Clive. Let's wait and see how.


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Jodah 4 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you, Ohyllis. Yes I am a proud Aussie. Glad you liked the poem.


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Faith Reaper 4 months ago from southern USA

Hi John,

I love the Summer Olympics, and you sure are standing tall and proud of your wonderful country! The Olympics sure came at just the right time to give us all a reprieve from the ongoing political mess here ...

Your poem is delightful and supportive. Maybe it will be read at the Olympics!

Go Team Aussie!

Peace and blessings always


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Mel Carriere 4 months ago from San Diego California

Little Sally Pearson took gold in the hundred hurdles in 2012. And lest we forget, Cathy Freeman dominated the 400 at Sydney in 2000. I'd say your little island has produced some fair track athletes.


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AliciaC 4 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

I always enjoy watching the Olympics. My favourite events are swimming and track and field. This hub certainly puts me in the Olympic mood!


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Jodah 4 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks for supporting the Aussies, Faith :) We are doing better than expected in some other sports outside the pool. Our women just got gold in the Rugby 7s and we got a gold in shooting. Our men's basketballers have won their first two games...never done that before, and we look to have a gold medal chance in the equestrian. All is looking good so far. Yes it is a welcome relief from politics. Peace and blessings.


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Jodah 4 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Probably our two greatest track and field women athletes for many years, Mel. It is unfortunate that Sally Pearson was injured and couldn't compete at this Olympics.


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Jodah 4 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

So glad this hub put you in an Olympic mood, Alicia. Thanks for reading.


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Ericdierker 4 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

Wonderful job as another great representative of Australia. I just love national pride. It gives me goosebumps.


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Jodah 4 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks Eric. I certainly have plenty of national pride if nothing else, oh and goosebumps.


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DDE 4 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

I haven't watched much of the GAMES. Been working hard and not much time for TV. You enlightened me of great entertainment.


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Jodah 4 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you Devika. I hope you do get some time to watch a little of these Olympic Games.


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AudreyHowitt 4 months ago from California

An excellent day or two in the water for Australia! We are a swimming family--I had "fast kids" in the water--my older daughter was ranked 3rd in the Western US in the 100 meter breast stroke when she was 14. I don't know if people realize just how much work is involved in getting to and competing at this elite level--


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Jodah 4 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you for reading and sharing that, Audrey. My kids used to compete in swimming too, but not at the level of your daughter. I doubt anyone outside of a swimming family would realise how many hours and effort goes into competing successfully at an elite level.


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Frank Atanacio 4 months ago from Shelton

love the poetry set for the games.. truth be told I haven't watched any of it yet.. my local teams are competing for a play off spot and I watch nothing else.. until they fall out.. I'm glad you're enjoying it..


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Jodah 4 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks Frank, you have to support your local teams in the play-offs. I just enjoy the Olympics as something a little different once every four years.


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mckbirdbks 4 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

What great spirit. Sing and shout, get those medals out! (Out to Australia.)


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Jodah 4 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Oh yes, Mike. I sing and shout when we win a medal. Aussie Aussie Aussie!


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Surabhi Kaura 4 months ago from Toronto, Canada

Hey Jodah! So sorry for the late comment. I have been quite busy lately. Coming back to your hub - a wonderful write! Enjoyed the poem. Proud Aussie, eh! :)


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Jodah 3 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hi, Surabhi my love. Better late than never, they say, except in the Olympics :) thank you for commenting, and don't work too hard. Talk soon.


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Missy Smith 3 months ago from Florida

I'm enjoying these Olympics this time. I didn't really care when they were in London. I don't really know why. I watched your Aussie girls just tonight. It was an upset neither got on the podium, I was actually rooting for them. However, I can't say I was disappointed by our US girl taking a gold away from that race. It was her first medal and she worked so hard for it. Exciting games. Nice Hub to celebrate them. :)


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Jodah 3 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Yes, Missy. This time the swimmers we have been expecting to do well have failed and those not expected to shine have done so. It's all about peaking at the right time. It was good to see your US girl win her first medal..she deserved it..and an African American in a sport they don't usually compete in. How good is Michael Phelps..amazing?


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Eiddwen 3 months ago from Wales

How nice to be back and to be able to read your interesting hub. Loved it and thank you so much for sharing.


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Jodah 3 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Eddy, thank you very much for reading this. Australia is now coming 4th in the medal tally. Good to have yoback here too.


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norlawrence 3 months ago from California

Beautiful poem. I wish I could write poems but can not. Thanks for share.


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Jodah 3 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you for reading and the kind comment, Norma. Glad you liked the poem. We all have our genres that suits our writing.


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Glenis Rix 3 months ago from UK

Evidently some avid viewers commenting here :) Team GB is also doing well this time round and making us proud.


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Jodah 3 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Yes GB is well ahead of us now, you are doing very well in this Olympics.


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bravewarrior 3 months ago from Central Florida

I don't watch the Olympics, but enjoyed your poem. From what I've seen on the news, both pools at Rio have turned green with algae. I certainly wouldn't want to risk swimming in that muck. Even if you're careful not to swallow the water, your pores are susceptible.


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Shyron E Shenko 3 months ago

John,

Your poetry is on a roll

Inspired by your Country winning Gold

With many cheers and many tears

The Rio Olympics will be talked about for years

Congratulations and many cheers

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Blessings my friend


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Jodah 3 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Glad you enjoyed the poem, Shauna. Yes first the Diving pool turned green, and then the swimming pool. Somewhat of a worry, and a few athletes have been robbed etc so quite an eventful Olympics.


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Jodah 3 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks for your happy little verse, Shyron. We didn't do quite as well as expected but did pick up a few unexpected medals which is always great. Cheers.


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Vellur 3 months ago from Dubai

Australia is doing great and is on roll winning medals, great poem.


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Jodah 3 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks a Vellur. We have missed out on medals we expected and won a few we weren't expecting so we are going ok. Our men's basketballers are playing incredibly well and could actually give the US team a run for their money.


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Billrrrr 3 months ago from Cape Cod

I would vote for having this global event every year if it would help bring people together and make us act as one planet with many nations in friendly compeition for a gold medal - rather than many nations competing for control of all the planet's gold and metal.

Wonderful job as usual John. Congratulations to all the Australian competitors - to those who won as well as to those who tried their best but did not win.


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teaches12345 3 months ago

We've been watching the summer Olympics with great interest. Your country has done well. Your poem is delightful!


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Jodah 3 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Yes, Bill. The world could have an Olympics every year in friendly competition instead of war and conflict. What a far better world it would be. Thanks for the congratulations, likewise to your own country's athletes.


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Jodah 3 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you, Dianna. We didn't achieve as many gold medals in the pool as we would have liked, but have had a few surprises in other sports. Our girl won gold in the modern pentathlon for the first time in history which is great.


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Rolly A Chabot 3 months ago from Alberta Canada

Hi Jodah...

What a great tribute to a great representation at the Olympics... they have done so very well and so pleased to see the good sportsmanship shown... well written my friend...

Hugs from Canada


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Jodah 3 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you for your kind words, Rolly. Yes, it has been the good sportsmanship at the games that is the true feature. The medals are secondary, but all athletes should be commended for the hard work and effort they put in.


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aviannovice 3 months ago from Stillwater, OK

Your team did a great job. I congratulate all the professionals that gave a good and proper showing, both off and on the competitions.


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Jodah 3 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Yes, Deb, we did quite well for a country with a small population. The medals were distributed a little differently than epected but that is good. Thanks for reading.


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Sulabha 3 months ago from Indore, India

Great! Australia has done so well. Nice to see how well you put it in rhyme.

We Indian parents still give importance to academics and marks. Which is why we won just 2 medals.

We also need to have stadiums close by. India's dismal performance reminded me of what Madhu Sapre- 1st Runner Up at Miss Universe had said long ago that she would build a lot of stadiums in India.

Anyway, that's our problem. Nice sweet poem that shows a lot of patriotism.


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Jodah 3 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you for the kind comment, Sulabha. I guess different countries have different priorities...success in sport seems to be one of Australias..not academic achievement. I guess that is why we do well with such a small population. Even then many Australians are disappointed with the number of medals, particularly in the swimming pool.

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