All roads lead to Rio

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BRI­TAIN is send­ing its largest Olympic del­e­ga­tion for 24 years—366 ath­letes—to the Rio Games, which start next week. Re­mark­ably, Mill­field School in Som­er­set is re­spon­si­ble for at least six mem­bers.cameron Kurle, who only left this term, will rep­re­sent Team GB in swim­ming along­side alumni He­len Glover (row­ing), James Guy (swim­ming), Jazmin Sawyers (long jump), Si­mon Man­tell (hockey) and Ol­lie Lind­say-hague (rugby sevens). Arthur Lanigan-o’ke­effe rep­re­sents Ire­land in modern pen­tathlon. Team GB’S swim coach Jolyon Finck and Team Ire­land’s fenc­ing coach Tris­tan Par­ris are also the re­spec­tive di­rec­tors of swim­ming and fenc­ing at the school.

Bri­tain’s most ex­pe­ri­enced com­peti­tor is showjumper Nick Skel­ton, 58 —this is his sev­enth Games—and it will be a sixth for John Whi­taker, the old­est of the Team GB squad, who cel­e­brates his 61st birth­day dur­ing the Games and is com­pet­ing along­side his younger brother, Michael.

Other sib­lings are Andy and Jamie Mur­ray (ten­nis), Cal­lum and Derek Hawkins (ath­let­ics), El­lie and Re­becca Downie (gym­nas­tics), Alis­tair and Jonathan Brown­lee (triathlon) and Peter and Richard Cham­bers (row­ing) plus mar­ried cou­ples Chris and Gabby Ad­cock (bad­minton) and Kate and He­len Richard­son-walsh (hockey). Don’t miss COUN­TRY LIFE’S Olympic guide next week (Au­gust 3).

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