Profiles on our eight alumni who were selected for the 2016 Rio Olympics and a summary of their achievements.
Hockey - Gold medal
"Whilst studying law at Bristol, I joined the GB women's hockey team in 2010. I went on to win a Bronze medal at the London 2012 Olympics, as the youngest member of the team. Since then I have completed my Legal Practitioner's Course, won a Commonwealth Silver, a European Gold and I'm now part of the GB women's hockey team."
Rugby 7s - Silver medal
"I started playing rugby when I was eight years old. Playing for England was the dream: I started to show prowess at secondary school but didn't play at a high level until I was at University. I learned a lot at Bristol and took a lot from the rugby club - most notably some great friendships."
Sailing - Gold medal
"Going to university before becoming a full-time athlete felt like the sensible option. I’d always managed school and sailing, but doing that at university was a lot harder than I’d imagined. Being part of the Performance Squad was a huge help as it meant I could talk to people in similar situations and get their advice."
Hannah Mills, Mechanical Engineering, 2012
At 18 I took up athletics rather late in comparison to most elite athletes. I was really pleased to get a 2:1 because it was hard balancing studying with training, which was often five or six days a week for up to five hours each time. To come fourth in the 2012 London Olympic Games, it's hard to put it into words.
It's been such a whirlwind, I haven’t really come back down to earth since winning a place at the Olympics and getting my degree results. I didn’t dare open my results until after the British trials in case I was disappointed and it affected my performance, so finding out I'd got a 2.1 on top of qualifying was just incredible.
Starting young, I played at London Welsh from under-7 level, joined Richmond aged 18 as a flanker, and then represented Bristol and Cambridge Universities during my studies. I made my Sevens debut in Dubai in 2014, representing Brazil, whilst juggling my job as Head of Humanitarian Affairs at charity Save the Children.
Juliano Fiori, Classics 2004-2007
I was team Captain for the Kenya Rugby 7s on the International Rugby Board (IRB) circuit for 6 years. I came to know about University of Bristol through their rugby team which takes part in a tournament in Kenya every year. I'm now a Labrotory Analyst back home in Kenya.
I qualified for the Rio 2016 Olympics after winning the British Championships with a personal best time of 13.31 seconds. I was the 2012 UK 60m and 110m hurdles champion, and hold the record for the fastest ever time run by a UK junior hurdler.