In the coming weeks, 450 athletes will represent Australia at the summer Olympic Games in Rio de Jeneiro, Brazil.
In Munich, 1972, 16% of our Olympic team were women.
In London, 2012, 45% of our Olympic team were women.
In Rio, 2016, the team is equally split. And 25-year-old Anna Flanagan is among them.
Anna with her father, who coached her right up until she made the national team. Image supplied.
Mamamia spoke to Flanagan and asked her everything we were desperate to know about life as a female Olympic athlete.
Flanagan will represent Australia in hockey as a defender. When we asked what kind of obstacles she has faced as a woman in sport, she told us that hockey is one of only a handful of sports in Australia where men and women are paid equally. We were flabbergasted.
"I think hockey's one of those really lucky sports...although I've faced obstacles as a female so have the men in hockey, that we're trying to get our sport out there. Get it more well known."
Despite the Hockeyroos being one of the most successful Australian sporting teams, winning back to back Gold medals from 1996-2000, and currently ranking second in the world, most of us would struggle to name one player.
The Hockeyroos are currently ranked second in the world. Image supplied.
In the lead up to the games, Flanagan and her team are living in Perth and training full time, six days a week, from about 9-4. While most of us struggle to fill an hour at the gym, their longest training sessions run for almost four hours, followed by the gym. With no family around, Flanagan says "We don’t have many other people... we’re family now."