On the eve of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, we’ve rounded up a group of women to watch for their sheer sporting prowess and undeniable talent. From home turf Brazilian talent in Volleyball to the first woman to ever wear a hijab in the Olympic games, 2016 is set to be an exciting year for this group of Olympic hopefuls…
Katie Ledecky, 19
Odds to win a medal: 1/4
Why you need to watch her: She’s tipped as unbeatable. Insiders have said it’s not a case of whether she’ll win, but by how much. Her speed is matched by her endurance too; she’s just as fast swimming the 200m as well as the 800m. That’s the equivalent of a runner winning a 100m sprint and a long distance 5000m run – and unheard of in the sport.
Did you know? Katie is one of the tallest swimmers in her field, standing at a stately 6ft tall.