Lily Xu Lijia is a Chinese sailboat racer who won a bronze medal in women’s Laser Radial class at the 2008 Summer Olympics and a gold medal in the same event at the 2012 Summer Olympics, where she was the flag bearer for China at the closing ceremony
Interviews with real life Olympians: their childhood, what led them to the world of sports, their training and the experiences & challenges that led them to the Olympics and their big takeaways that can be applied to everyone’s lives.
Louisa Jane Gurski (née Sawers) is a women’s K2 and K4 500m sprint kayaker and has been selected for Team GB at London 2012 in the K4. In 2011 she won World Cup gold and silver in the K4 500m event and at the World Championships helped to qualify the K4 500m boat for London 2012, narrowly missing out on a medal. Louisa decided to have a go at Canoeing when her older brother John took up the sport at their local canoe and, despite quitting for a year, realised she missed the sport too much. She has been canoeing seriously ever since. Her twin brother quit canoeing at a young age because she was quicker than him!
Danielle Merlyn Kettlewell is an Australian synchronised swimmer who competed in the team synchronised swimming event in the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics. She was vice-captain of the Australian team which placed eighth overall with 75.4333 in the free routine and 74.0667 in the technical.
She was also selected as Australia’s first Mixed Duet in the sport of artistic swimming for the 2019 FINA World Aquatic Championships. She is now a coach and motivational speaker.