Rio de Janeiro, here we come – but how many medals will our team bring home?
Good news for those on way to the 2016 Olympics: the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) predicts the Rio team will bring home 13 gold medals, twice the number we saw in London in 2012. The call has been made off the back of the AOC’s benchmark study, which puts the performance of athletes at world championship events under the microscope.
In 2000, the same study tipped Australia to haul a grand total of 60 medals – then, it was a prediction received with disbelief. Still, 2000 saw us win an astonishing 58 medals.
This year, Brazil will see our biggest ever team on ground – so who are the ones most likely to step up on the podium?
In the pool
The ones to watch are sister act Cate and Bronte Campbell. The women are tipped for two individual wins, a relay win and a relay bronze each.
On the track
Cycling is thought to be our next best, with eight medals predicted, including three gold. The one to watch? Anna Meares.
On the court.
Our men’s basketball team – The Boomers – will see Andrew Bogut, Patty Mills and Matthew Dellavedova in a team the AOC considers a realistic contender for Australia’s first ever medal in the sport.
Be sure not to miss
The hockey. Both the Kookaburras, our men’s team, and the Hockeyroos, our women’s, are expected to be in the gold medal mix.
And the wild card goes to…
Canoe slalom champion Jessica Fox. The 21-year-old won silver at London 2012 but finished fourth at the 2015 World Championships so isn’t factored into the AOC's medal tally.