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Rio 2016: Who To Look Out For

After an exceptional Olympic Games in London four years ago, Rio 2016 is nearly here for another thrilling showcase of incredible human strength, stamina and team spirit. From 5th -21st August and the Paralympics in September it will be a jam-packed summer of event. We have pulled together the perfect guide of what to watch, who to watch and how to keep up with team GB with recipes from health blogger The Fit Foodie.

Swimming

The adrenaline packed event, swimming is sure to keep you on the edge of you seat. There are sixteen different events ranging from distances of 50m to 1,500m, in relay teams or as individuals and in four different strokes: freestyle, butterfly, breaststroke and backstroke. After many successful competitions since 2012, Team GB is looking strong.

Who to Watch

Our focus will be with Ellie Simmonds, poster girl for the Great British Paralympics team, as she returns to compete again in the S6 Individual Medleys for her fourth gold. Other prospects include Teeside’s own Aimee Willmott looking to bag her first medal for the 200m Butterfly and 400m Individual Medley alongside teammate, Hannah Miley. For the men, our eyes are on Adam Peaty who won three golds at the World Championships for the breastroke, we hope he sees similar success in Rio.

The Fit Foodie Swimming Menu

Start the day with a bowl of Summer Berry Porridge, filled with delicious summer fruits, this gluten-free breakfast will give you the vitality to keep cheering on those strong swimmers.

Rowing

Speed strength and team work, this sport has it all. With various events consisting of one, two, four or nine crew, rowers race to complete a straight course of 2000m in the fastest time, this year expect too see exhilarating races in the beautiful setting of Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas.

Who to watch

Team GB won nine medals at the 2012 Olympics, including four golds, so how are they looking for Rio? Moving from the bronze wining men’s eight team to men’s four team, 24-year-old Constantine Louloudis, has been compared to legend Sir Steve Redgrave and is a strong member of the crew. Whilst in the women’s team, the number 1 female rower in the world, Helen Glover will be looking for another gold with her partner Heather Stanning in the cox-less pair.

The Fit Foodie Rowing Menu

Keep yourself energised while Team GB row to victory with Simple Spring Shrimp Bowl, a fresh and flexible snack letting you substitute in your favourite seasonal veg.

Gymnastics

A fusion of strength, balance, flexibility and grace, watch men and women compete on different apparatuses in individual and team events. The highly skilled sport involves extreme physical and mental control.

Who to Watch

The men’s team have enjoyed great success over the last four years with Matt Whilock becoming world champion in the pommel horse and Kristian Thomas taking the 2015 European floor title, triple medallist Louis Smith will also be joining this strong team. Whilst sisters, Ellie Downie, European vault champion, and Becky Downie, European bars champion, will be leading the women’s team to a medal filled Olympics this summer.

The Fit Foodie Gymnastics Menu

These powerful athletes require extra strength, beef up with the Homemade Snickers Protein Bars, containing super foods and high in protein to stay strong with them for Rio 2016.

Athletics

Dominating the second week, the athletic events are a display of ultimate human physical and mental strength. With the most medals to win, watch athletes run, jump and throw their way to victory.

Who to watch

Visioned as the next Jessica Ennis, Katarina Johnson-Thompson will compete in one of the toughest events, the heptathlon, showing her incredible skills in the 200m and 800m sprints, 100m hurdles, shot put, javelin, long jump and high jump. Also, looking to win gold again in the 100m sprint, amputee athlete Jonnie Peacock has said to be training even harder has he knows competition is tough this year, but we think he be leaving them for dust at the Paralympics in September.

The Fit Foodie Athletics Menu

 These Healthy Chicken Fajitas are packed with protein and good fats needed to sustain stamina and strength for the Athletic events this August.

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