Team GB has safely returned to home soil and we’re still not over what a successful Olympic games it has been. Team GB managed to secure a total of 67 medals, 27 gold, 23 silver and 17 bronze beating there total in the London 2012 Olympic games. Great Britain won gold medals across 15 different sports which is more than any other nation putting themselves above China for the first time since 1984 and finishing second in the medal tally.
Team GB travelled in style in the British Airways Boeing 747 which displayed ‘victoRIOus’ on the side. The gold nose plane carried home 320 athletes who indulged in 77 bottles of champagne and a three course meal for their 11 hour journey home. Gold medal holders were treated to first class while bronze and silver received business class. Despite the other athletes settling for economy this didn’t interfere with the beaming smiles across Team GB and the champagne was flowing before takeoff.
“I have only been here in the country a couple of hours and it’s amazing the number of people who have come here to welcome us,” Adam Peaty explained who secured Team GB’s first gold medal but as well as a new world record in the Men’s 100m breaststroke. Other successes came from Max Whitlock who won two individual gold medals and one bronze in the men’s gymnastics and Nicola Adams who won gold and retained her women’s flyweight title. Both athletes were the first to be seen as the plane doors opened. Jack Laugher who won gold and silver in diving tweeted upon his arrival ‘Wow, that reception was crazy. Thank you Great Britain and everyone else for all your support.’
Rio 2016 saw heartbreak, strength but most importantly ambition from every athlete across every nation. Brazil put on a spectacular show from start to finish and like the athletes we’re counting down the days until Tokyo 2020.
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