Rio 2016|How hard is it to be an Olympian?

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Do you know what it takes to be an Olympian? 

New research commissioned by Team Ireland sponsor Electric Ireland has found that us Irish don’t know what lengths our heroic athletes go to for a place on the Olympic stage.

The findings show that a mere 14 per cent of the Irish population – and just 11 per cent of Irish women – understand the struggle to the top.

That’s despite the success of the likes of Sonia O’Sullivan, Derval O’Rourke and Katie Taylor.

Out of an estimated world population of 7.4 billion people, just 11,239 people will represent their respective nations in Rio de Janeiro this month, 77 of them Irish.

In support and celebration of Team Ireland at the 2016 Olympic Games, kicking off this weekend, Electric Ireland has produced this video, to show that regardless of comprehension, us Irish will always be cheering on from the stands or the couch.

Electric Ireland’s The Power Within campaign is, “championing not just the talent and dedication of the individual athletes that make up Team Ireland but also the resilience and self-belief required by Ireland’s Olympians to realise their dream of competing at an Olympic Games.”