The biggest sporting spectacle the world has ever seen has now drawn to a close. Athletes from all corners of the globe and all walks of life have battled head-to-head for the chance to be forever remembered in the history books and to be amongst the true sporting greats of our time.
Team USANA Australia is very proud to have had 13 athletes compete at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. These national heroes were part of more than 70 USANA-sponsored athletes globally that competed for fame and glory in Brazil last month.
Just qualifying for the Olympics is a huge feat, let alone achieving high placing in the actual Olympic Game events. In light of this amazing athletic milestone, please join us in congratulating our Team USANA Olympians on their impressive display of elite performance.
Team USANA Australia Highlights
David McKeon, our two-time Australian Olympian swimmer, competed in both the Men’s 4x200m freestyle relay event as well as the Men’s 400m freestyle event, coming 4th in the relay final and coming 7th in the conventional freestyle final.
Samantha Stosur of Australia who is currently ranked 14th in the world, became a four-time Olympian in Rio, after competing in the women’s singles and doubles tournaments. She made it to the 3rd round of the women’s singles competition but unfortunately suffered a grueling defeat to rival World No.2 Angelique Kerber of Germany.
Dane Sampson officially became a two-time Australian Olympic Rifle Shooter in Rio and proudly represented Australia in 3 rifle events. He finished 20th in the Men’s 50m rifle 3 positions event, 31st in the Men’s 50m rifle event, and 37th in the Men’s 10m air rifle event.
Daniel Repacholi, otherwise known as the big man of Australian shooting, became a four-time Australian pistol shooting Olympian in Rio. He competed in the Men’s 50m pistol event with a rank of 28 and also competed in the Men’s 10m air pistol event with a rank of 44.
Elena Galiabovitch of Australia represented her country in the Women’s 10m air pistol shooting and Women’s 25m pistol shooting events, finishing with a ranking of 43 in the 10m competition. Now Elena can proudly say she is both an Olympian and a doctor.
Jason Whateley, our national boxing champion who is currently ranked 1st in Australia, competed in the Men’s heavy-weight 91 kg boxing event and put on a great show in his fight against Juan Goncalves Nogueira.
Leanne Choo, our two-time Australian Olympic Badminton star, represented Australia in the Mixed Doubles Badminton event. She competed with her team mate Robin Middleton in the Group C pool but unfortunately didn’t rise above Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand.
Keith Ferguson of Australia became a two-time Olympic Clay Target Shooter in Rio, representing his country in the skeet shooting event.
Sawan Serasinghe, our very talented Australian badminton champion, represented the country in the Men’s Doubles Badminton event. He competed with his team mate Matthew Chau in the Group A pool but unfortunately didn’t prevail over South Korea, Russia, and Chinese Taipei.
“I found using the energy surge pack during training and USANA snacks in between sessions very helpful during my pre-Olympic training camp in Melbourne, especially as the training load was so high. These products kept me energized during the long sessions.”
Paul Adams, Australia’s Skeet shooting champion, competed in the Men’s Skeet Shooting event and made his country proud.
Most athletes dream about getting selected to compete at the Olympic Games. However, our Team USANA athletes not only realised their dreams but achieved so much more. Can you please take this moment to acknowledge and appreciate the countless hours of extreme physical strain and mental discipline our athletes have gone through over the years to be amongst the best in the world.
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