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Laura and Jason Kenny with their two dogs. (Image: Laura Kenny on Instagram)
By Katie Collier
Team GB’s athletes have made their way to Tokyo for the 2020 Olympic Games, after coronavirus postponed the event last year.
The team is made up of 376 athletes, as well as 22 reserves. This summer’s Games is the first in 125 years to see Team GB take more women than men.
After a tough year, we know we’re ready for a successful sporting summer. We’re sure we won’t be the only ones cheering on GB – there are lots of excitable dogs hoping their owners bring back some medals… and Japanese treats!
We’ve trawled through Instagram to find some of the Olympians and their biggest fans – their dogs.
Laura Kenny CBE and Jason Kenny CBE
This cycling duo have both had great moments in their careers. Laura has four gold Olympic medals under her belt, making her Britain’s most successful female Olympian, while Jason sits level with Sir Chris Hoy, another cyclist, both having won the highest number of gold medals for Team GB with a total of six each during their careers.
According to Laura’s Instagram page, the couple have had their two dogs since at least 2014. Laura and Jason are pictured above with both dogs.
After picking up an Achilles injury in December last year, Katarina has done well to get herself ready for Tokyo but she’ll need to be on top form to beat her sporting rival Nafi Thiam.
The heptathlete will take part in her first events – 100m hurdles, high jump, shot put and 200m – throughout Wednesday, August 4.
At home, Katarina is pet parent to Dachshunds Bronx and Chorizo.
The defender, who plays for Chelsea and England, is one of the 19 women making up Team GB’s women’s football squad.
Team GB reached the quarter-finals at the London 2012 Olympic Games – the first time the team were present in the competition.
Millie is lucky enough to have three dogs – Zeus, Hera and Frank – on her Instagram feed supporting her.
Lucy is also known for her talent on the football pitch. Despite her career success, this is the first time Bronze will compete at an Olympic Games.
Team GB kicked things off yesterday with a 2-0 win against Chile in the team’s first group game. What a great start!
Narla, Lucy’s West Highland Terrier, has her own Instagram account so if you’d like to calm the Olympic nerves with lots of dog pictures you can find her here.
Jack Laugher MBE
Jack is one of the 12 athletes making up the British diving squad in Tokyo this summer.
In 2016 at the Rio Olympic Games, Laugher came out on top in the men’s synchronised 3m springboard event, making him Britain’s first ever Olympic gold medal winner in diving.
When he’s not diving, he spends time with his dog at home.
Carl Hester MBE
Carl is one of Team GB’s dressage riders with two Olympic medals to his name – a gold from London in 2012 and a silver from Rio in 2016.
Being the owner of four dogs with a passion for all things equestrian, he is quite the animal lover.
Maddie Hinch MBE
Maddie plays in the British hockey squad and brought home gold from Rio in 2016. That year she heroically saved all four Dutch penalties after the team drew the game 3-3.
The team that has travelled to Tokyo has only six of the Rio players remaining so we’re excited to see how this new team performs.
Maddie’s dog Willow can be seen helping her train. Surely that has a gold medal written all over it!
Elliot will be competing in the 800m event and like all Team GB athletes we hope to see him do well.
In 2012, Giles had to learn how to walk again after suffering a serious motorcycle accident. After his recovery and break from athletics, he’s been successful in his sport and landed a spot at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Giles’ French Bulldog has been seen on his Instagram page sitting like a human on the sofa. We’re sure Giles will look forward to returning home to Milo’s comical behaviours after the Olympics.
Tom will lead his rugby sevens team as captain. Much like the women’s hockey team, only a small number of athletes that made it to Rio have gone to Tokyo. The men will play in upcoming fixtures next week.
Mitchell and his dog enjoy the beach together. He jokes his dog acts as a lifeguard.
Marcus is appearing at the Olympics for the second time after he debuted in Rio five years ago.
The English badminton player will be looking to win another Olympic medal to complement his bronze, won in Brazil when he and Chris Langridge played in the men’s doubles. He’ll be representing his country in the mixed doubles event this time.
We wonder what his needy dog Luna will think to her owner being gone.
Ben Maher MBE
Tokyo will be Ben’s fourth Olympic Games and he is said to have his eyes on the prize of a gold medal. The show jumper won team gold at the 2012 London Games but you can never have enough gold medals, right?
As well as horses, Ben has a soft spot for dogs. He snapped a picture of his two Boxer dogs curled up on a bed together in 2019.
We’d like to wish all of the Team GB athletes good luck in the Tokyo Olympic Games this summer.