Still reeling from the two weeks in Rio where team GB finished an impressive 2nd place? In today’s post we celebrate the outstanding contribution of Scots to Team GB’s achievement at the Rio 2016 Olympics.

There were 50 Scots – the largest ever contingent in a Great Britain team for an overseas Olympics, surpassing the previous record of 31 in Beijing in 2008 – competing in 15 of the 42 sports in Rio. (source)

Our team of super Scots won an impressive 13 medals: 4 gold, 7 silver and 2 bronze – equal to the number we won four years ago in London.


(top row, from left), Katie Archibald, David Florence, Katherine Grainger; (middle row, from left) Duncan Scott, Andy Murray, Callum Skinner; (bottom row, from left) Eilidh Doyle, Heather Stanning, Dan Wallace

Our gold winners:

Rower, Heather Stanning

The team formed of Helen Glover and Heather Stanning dedicated their second Olympic rowing gold to the coach who “should have been in bed” recovering from cancer surgery when he was guiding them to a successful defence of their London 2012 title. (source) According to her Wiki page, Heather was educated at Gordonstoun, Scotland and her school yearbook predicted that she would be the first one to win an Olympic gold medal.

Cyclist, Callum Skinner

Glasgow born Callum Skinner won the silver medal in the individual sprint at the 2016 Summer Olympics, and was a member of the British team that won gold in the team sprint. (source)

Cyclist, Katie Archibald

Katie Archibald is a Scottish racing cyclist from Milngavie who currently rides on the track for Great Britain and the Scottish Cycling team. She has won a Gold medal at the 2016 RIO Olympics for the Team Pursuit. (source)

Tennis Star, Andy Murray

Scotland’s Andy Murray became the first male tennis player to win two Olympic singles titles by beating Argentina’s Juan Martin del Potro in Rio. Murray’s win comes five weeks after he claimed his second Wimbledon title and four years after London 2012 success. (read more here)

Also amongst the winners, we would like to mention Perth hurdler Eilidh Doyle who won a bronze medal for the 4x 400m relay, swimmer Duncan Scott who won two relay silver medals, while 40 year old rower Katherine Granger won her fifth Olympic medal.

If you would like to see all team GB’s Rio 2016 Olympics medal winners – in pictures, click here. A huge round of applause from all of us to all the British team and see you in Tokyo 2020!

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