London 2012: Team GB survey stats in detail

Team GB weightlifter Zoe Smith

During the past few weeks, BBC Sport asked Britain's Olympic-bound athletes a series of questions about their hopes, those for the team and about their respective sports.

Below are the results, with answers from some of the athletes surveyed:

Team GB athletes interviewed:

273 out of 542 that make up the team.

Will they perform best at the Games?

More than 99% said they would.

What position will Team GB achieve in medal table?

Results: 108 opted not to give a position; 49 said 4th; 59 said 3rd; 9 said 2nd; 26 said 1st, 10 said 4th or better, 7 said top 3, two said top 5, one said top six, one said 5th, one said top 10.

Which sport will Team GB perform the best in?

Results: 83 did not want to name a single sport, while 13 chose more than one sport so 177 answered.

Of those: 83 picked cycling; 42 rowing; 17 swimming; 5 athletics; 6 boxing; 11 sailing and 13 named other sports.

Have facilities specific to their sport improved in their region as a result of the Games?

163 said yes and 33 said no.

  • The rest said they did not know, with many stating they had moved away from their home counties to train elsewhere. Some were also brought up/had been training in another country.
  • Some also did not know whether there was a direct link between London getting the Games and there being improvements in facilities.
  • Some patterns emerged: Several hockey players mentioned the introduction of Rush Hockey (simple, cheaper form) and schemes to get women back to the game; in shooting there are fewer facilities with some training/practising on their own farms; there are not many handball facilities; rhythmic gymnasts have to travel to find a hall with a high enough ceiling; many of the volleyball players have been playing abroad and swimmers said that new 50m pools have been popping up and/or revamped (including Plymouth, Lancashire, Royal Commonwealth in Edinburgh, Bristol, Leeds and Corby).

"Since it was announced London got the Games they've created a new beach tour in Britain."

Shauna Mullin, Edinburgh, beach volleyball

"There are a few large pools, including a big 50m pool in Birmingham. But the region could do with a few more."

Jake Vincent, Warwickshire, water polo

"More activity in terms of people playing volleyball, but no new facilities."

Maria Bertelli, Manchester, volleyball

Will there be interest in their sport beyond the Games?

The majority (232) said yes, they hoped so. Two said no, while 39 did not know, with some stating it could be dependent on the sport's success at the Games and future funding.

"GB Hockey is ready to cope with the spike this time round."

Rob Moore, Hampshire, hockey

"At Bath University, where we train, younger generations are coming to see what we do."

Louisa Pouli, Birmingham, rhythmic gymnastics

"The impact will be positive but it's down to funding. Facilities can be improved with funding. However, in Britain it's a football culture."

Jon Hammond, Grampian, shooting

Reporting by Saj Chowdhury, Ollie Williams, Jessica Creighton and Mike Henson

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