After the British team enjoyed it’s most impressive medal haul in a century at its recent hometown Games, they’ll attempt to out-do themselves on foreign soil in Rio four years from now.
UK Sport will hope to exceed its London victories by dumping all its funding into the country’s most successful sports (rowing, cycling, biathloning) and focus the support in events with medal potential, whether they’re individual or team disciplines.
“Investment will be targeted where it has the greatest chance of succeeding using our ‘no compromise’ philosophy, which sets out to reinforce the best, support those developing and challenge the under-performing,” sports chief Liz Nicholl said in a statement.
Team GB finished third on London’s medal table, pulling in 65 medals – including 29 gold. That’s up from the 47 they won in Beijing and more than four times the medal haul from Atlanta sixteen years ago.
And while the boys and girls of British cycling were shouting “huzzah!” at Tuesday’s news, volleyball, which received only $2.7 million of the more than $500 million earmarked for funding for 2009-13, was crying foul.
“If we say we are not going to fund you unless you perform in a sport with a track history of medals then the legacy of our home Games is actually a reduction of opportunity not an increase,” Team GB volleyball president Richard Callicott told the Sunday Times.
“That’s not what I thought London 2012 was supposed to represent.”
Kyle Snyder, who became the youngest American to win a World Wrestling Championship on Sept. 11, had planned to redshirt his sophomore year at Ohio State to focus on training for the Rio Olympics.
But Snyder is back wrestling for the Buckeyes this season.
“Kyle wants to help the team win the national title,” Ohio State coach Tom Ryan said. “It doesn’t hurt Kyle’s chances to make the Olympic team. We meet. He jumps on it.”
The announcement that Snyder would wrestle this season was made at 12:01 a.m. on New Year’s Day.
Learn more about Snyder in an NBC Columbus affiliate profile.
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CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — Top-ranked golfer Lydia Ko says the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro will be her top priority this year.
Ko, who will defend her New Zealand Open title from Friday, said there was “so much excitement and vibe” around the Olympic tournament, “especially as it’s the first time women will play at the Olympics in golf.”
The 18-year-old New Zealander said “ever since they announced that golf will be in the Olympics I said, ‘Hey, I want to get myself on that team.’ For any athlete to say you’re an Olympian is a whole new proud feeling, and to represent your country on such an international stage it’s going to be a pretty special week.”
The 54-hole New Zealand Open at the Clearwater Golf Club is co-sanctioned by the Ladies European Tour and Australian Ladies PGA.
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