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The UK’s Best Hopes For Olympic Gold

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 04: A general view of the Olympic rings during training ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at the Laura Cross-Country Ski and Biathlon Center on February 4, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

SOCHI, RUSSIA – FEBRUARY 04: A general view of the Olympic rings during training ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at the Laura Cross-Country Ski and Biathlon Center on February 4, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

The keys to winning a gold medal in the Olympics starts with hard work and dedicated athletes. With the 2016 Olympics coming up, many individuals are rooting for their favorite athletes to win the gold. In the 2012 Olympic games, the UK won a record of 65 medals across the different divisions, with 29 gold medals throughout the competition. Experts say it is feasible to increase that number this year. However, to see the keys to winning the gold again this year, competitors may want to focus on the successes of the athletes in the last Olympic Games as well.

Boxing

In the last Olympic games, Anthony Joshua and Luke Campbell were responsible for winning the gold in men’s super-heavyweight and men’s bantamweight boxing, respectively. Joshua’s win was due to a tie that resulted in a countback, but Campbell’s win was a close competition, making him the first Briton to win in his category. The key to a gold medal in either category is with adequate muscle training and practice, exposing the competitor to a variety of styles to prepare for whatever the opposing country’s representative tackles. This year’s boxers are ranked among the top five in the world, making it likely they will once again earn a gold medal.

Cycling

In the last Olympic games, the UK took home 8 gold, 2 silver, and 2 bronze medals, with one of those gold medals going to Sir Chris Hoy. Sir Chris Hoy’s success and gold medal win for cycling was more than just a gold medal achievement. His win earned him his sixth gold medal, making him the most decorated British competitor of all time. The win was largely due the high personal standards of the team and competitors, which may be difficult to recreate unless the same level of commitment remains.

Equestrian

In the most recent Olympic games, the UK team took home three gold medals, which is predominantly due to the high-quality team established at that time. To maintain the same level of success, it may be difficult for the UK team to achieve, since the last games exceeded the expectations of the competitors themselves. Many other teams are pushing themselves to exceed the scores, which would make it difficult to take home the gold again.

Winning at the Rio 2016 Olympics

By using previous wins from the London 2012 Olympics, the current Olympic team can focus on any weaknesses from the years past, making effort to avoid them for this game. The key to success is hard work, and that will be the only way the UK, or any other country, will successfully win gold, silver, or bronze medals. With several months left in the year, the teams should spend each available moment training for the exciting accolades of a gold medal.