British Paralympians Prepare For Gold Medals

When the 2012 Paralympics took place in London, the British team achieved huge successes, showing the world just how talented they are.

And now that the 2016 Paralympics are set to kick off today (September 7th), the inspirational Brits are even more geared up to come home from Rio, Brazil, with a whole host of gold medals.

Hannah Cockroft, who has already won two gold medals in wheelchair racing, told the Evening Standard: “Three golds is always going to be the aim. I would never go there expecting anything less of myself.”

The athletes hope they can surpass their amazing achievements of London 2012, and UK Sport has said it expects the British team to come home with 121 medals from the games. This is one more than four years ago, when ParalympicGB won 34 golds in total and secured third place in the contest.

Swimmer Hannah Russell also told the news provider that she is “physically and mentally stronger” than in the London Games.

“This time around I have set myself high standards. Going to Rio I am feeling confident and I’m looking forward to seeing what I can do,” the 20-year-old stated, showing just how determined the 264 sportsmen and women heading to Brazil are about winning the top prize.

And when they do, you can be sure they will continue the tradition of biting into their medals. While nowadays Olympic medallions are no longer made of pure gold and have had gold-plating instead, in days gone by winners used to bite their awards to see whether they were pure. If they were, they would be able to leave teeth marks in the malleable precious metal.