2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics

The 2016 Summer Olympics will be held in Rio de Janeiro Brazil, from August 5 to August 21, 2016. A record numbers of countries are participating with more than 10,500 athletes from 206 National Olympic Committees taking part in 42 sports.

It is expected that around 450 men and women be part of the Australian team in Brazil. The Olympics provides an opportunity to demonstrate the values of sport and build trust between countries and bring people together.

During the Olympics, Australia will also look to maximise its cultural, trade, investment, education and tourism opportunities.

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Rowing

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All aboard for Rowing at the Olympics

Around 20,000 Australians travelled to Brazil for the 2014 FIFA World Cup representing one of the largest groups of foreigners that visited Brazil for the event.

James Tomkins, OAM, has made appearances at six Olympic games for 3 Gold and 1 Bronze

An ‘Eight’ boat is 19.9 M long, while a ‘single’ scull is 8.2 M

Typical sculling oars are around 284cm – 290cm in length, while rowing oars are 370cm – 376cm long.

Medal Total - 37

  • 8 Gold
  • 12 Silver
  • 3 Bronze

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Brazil

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Sporting investment in Australia and Brazil.

In 2014 Australia imported $55 million in Coffee & substitutes. From BRAZI - Source: DFAT’s Brazil country Economic fact sheet

Brazil is Australia’s largest trading partner in South America with two-way merchandise trade between Australia and Brazil totalling A$1.679 billion in 2014.

Tourism between the two countries is also growing steadily, with over 41,000 Australian tourists visiting Brazil in 2014 & over 44,193 Brazilians visiting Australia in 2014.

In 2016 Brazil will be the focus country of a major Australian cultural program that will strengthen & deepen ties with Brazil through arts & cultural events & activities.

Brazil was the host of the 2014 FIFA World Cup & of the upcoming 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic & Paralympic Games.

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Athletics

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On (& off) track for ATHLETICS & BRAZIL

In 1901 just 105 Brazilian-born persons were living in Australia, but according to the 2011 census, around 14,500 people now living in Australia were born in Brazil.

Australian athletes will compete in 28 sports at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Four years on Sally Pearson broke the Olympic record to win gold in the 100 METRES hurdles at the London 2012 Games in 12.35 SECONDS.

Cathy Freeman with the hopes of the whole country behind her, emphatically won the 400 METRES in Sydney in 2000.

Brazil is the host of the upcoming 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic & Paralympic Games

Total Medals - 70: 26 Gold, 20 Silver, 25 Bronze

In 1896 Edwin Flack won Australia’s first gold medals in the 800 & 1500 metre races.

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Swimming

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Take a deep breath for Swimming & Brazil

Men and women now compete in 17 events each

Swimming has featured in every edition of the Games since 1896

In 1900 Australia’s youngest ever gold medallist was swimmer Sandra Morgan who won gold in the 4X100M freestyle relay at the 1956 Olympics – she was 14 years old.

Fred Lane won Australia’s first ever swimming medal at the Paris Olympics

Ian Thorpe is Australia’s most successful Olympian of all time with a total of 5 Gold, 3 Silver and 1 bronze

Total Medals - 190: 59 Gold, 66 Silver, 65 Bronze

Brazil is the host of the upcoming 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic & Paralympic Games

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Hockey

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Australia’s goal for Hockey & Brazil.

As a member of the team in Atlanta Nova Peris became the first Aboriginal to win an Olympic gold medal.

The Kookaburras won Bronze medals at Tokyo 1964, Atlanta 1996, Sydney 2000, Beijing 2008 & London 2012. Silver medals at Mexico City 1968, Montreal 1976 & Barcelona 1992, & finally the Gold medal in Athens in 2004.

Tourism between the two countries is also growing steadily, with over 41,000 Australian tourists visiting Brazil in 2014 and over 44,193 Brazilians visiting Australia in 2014.

Brazil is the host of the upcoming 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic & Paralympic Games.

In total, 384 athletes will compete in hockey at the Rio Olympics.

The first Australian men’s team competed at the Melbourne Olympics in 1956.

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Multi-sport

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The Australian Olympic Team Sports & Brazil

Brazil is the host of the upcoming 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic & Paralympic Games

An estimated 465 Australian athletes will compete in the Rio Olympics

Equestrian Andrew Hoy has the most Olympic appearances for Australia with 7 (1984–2012)

BMX races at the Olympics take about 40 SECONDS. Men’s Mountain Bike races can go for over 2 HOURS

Fencing bouts are held on a 14M x 1.5M piste

Olympic track bikes must exceed a weight minimum of 6.8 KG

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Australia at the Olympics

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Racing for Australia at the Olympics

At the 2012 London Olympics Australia fielded 410 athletes while at the 1896 Athens Olympics only 1 represented Australia

New sports for 2016 include Golf & Rugby 7s

25 Paralympics sports will take place at the 2016 Paralympics in Rio

Australia has won a sensational 483 summer Olympic medals

  • 141 Gold
  • 160 Silver
  • 182 Bronze

RIO 2016 Olympic Games will be the first Games held in South America

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