The 2016 Olympic Games are upon us and things are about to get lit in Rio Di Janeiro.
Ready your throat and repeat after me: Aussie, Aussie Aussie. Oi. Oi. OI!
If you’re like us and a bit overwhelmed by the endless events and the incredible scope of athletic talent, we have compiled a list of the must-see events of this year’s games.
1. The opening ceremony. Saturday August 6. 9am.
If anyone knows how to throw a good party, it’s the Brazilians – Carnivale anyone? – and the opening ceremony is sure to put the vibrancy and colour of the local culture on display.
Superstar cyclist Anna Meares will be flying the flag for the Aussie team as they march in to Rio’s Maracana stadium.
2. The Mighty Matildas. Day 2. August 7th. 7am.
They may not have gotten off to the best start with Canada but we’re still waltzing for our Matildas.
The Aussies will face Germany on day 2 of the games in a match that will hopefully see them relive their glory of last year’s Women’s World Cup where they triumphed over Brazil 1- 0.
3. Gymnastics. Days 3 – 11. August 8th – 16th. 5am – 8am.
There is something powerfully addictive about watching the pure strength of the world’s best gymnasts. This year all eyes will be on 19-year-old American Simone Biles who will be competing to add some more gold to her heavily decorated trophy cabinet.
Biles is a three-times World Champion and a definite one to watch.
4. Beach volleyball. Day 3-16.
Next to soccer, beach volleyball is about as ‘Rio’ as a sport can get. Throw in a 15,000-seat stadium and world-class athletes, and you’ve got yourself a must-see Olympic event.
Aussie fans should keep an eye out for Taliqua Clancy and Louise Bawden – two of our best hopes.
5. The ‘Grateful Eight’ rowers. Day 4. Tuesday 9 August. Heats from 9:30am.
Our women’s eight crew were in a pub when they got the news that the Russians had been banned and it was time to pack their bags.