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Loughborough Legends' advice for Rio athletes

Loughborough University's sporting legends have shared their advice and good luck messages with all Loughborough athletes competing in the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games in a video launched today (Friday 5 August).

Paula Radcliffe features in the video and passes on her good luck messages to the Loughborough-based athletes competing at the Rio Olympics

Sporting icons Paula Radcliffe, Seb Coe, Steve Backley and Tanni Grey-Thompson are amongst those passing on their advice, with Radcliffe saying:

“I’d like to wish all of the Loughborough athletes going to The Games the very best of luck. The Olympics is a huge opportunity and a huge stage, but what you need to keep in mind is that you’ve earned your place to go there and this is your opportunity to show what you can do. Don’t let the occasion get to you, just relax, enjoy it and get the very best out of yourself.”

If you want to share a good luck message of your own simply follow any of the links below and help ensure that Loughborough athletes are the best supported in Rio! #LboroLegends





Follow all Loughborough's Rio news here.

Notes for editors

Press release reference number: PR 16/111

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Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines.

It has been awarded five stars in the independent QS Stars university rating scheme, putting it among the best universities in the world, and was named the best in the country for its student experience in the 2016 THE Student Experience Survey. Loughborough was ranked 4th in theGuardian University League Table 2017 and 7th in The UK Complete University Guide 2017 and was also named University of the Year in the In the What Uni Student Choice Awards 2015.

Loughborough is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in the Times Higher Education’s ‘table of tables’ and is in the top 10 in England for research intensity. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, Loughborough has been awarded seven Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

In September 2015 the University opened an additional academic campus in London’s new innovation quarter. Loughborough University London, based on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, offers postgraduate and executive-level education, as well as research and enterprise opportunities.


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