# Road to Rio
If this RTÉ documentary doesn't get you in the mood for the Olympics, nothing will
‘They give our nation a face, a heart, a story.’


“AN OLYMPIC CYCLE is four years long. That’s 1,456 days to change the course of your life.”

Want to know what it takes to become an Olympic athlete? RTÉ have released the promotional video for their new documentary, Road to Rio, which begins next week.

The series will follow 11 athletes and their respective journeys toward Olympic qualification. From boxer Michael Conlan to taekwondo fighter Jack Woolley, there’s something for everyone.

“Our Olympians represent Ireland to the world,” the promo reminds us.

“They give our nation a face, a heart, a story, something and someone to be proud of.”

The six-part series begins next Wednesday 11 May at 8.30pm on RTÉ2. A full list of the featured athletes is below.

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  • Michael Conlan – Boxing
  • Robert Heffernan – Walk
  • Cian O’Connor – Showjumping
  • Ryan Seaton and Matthew McGovern – 49er class sailing
  • Fiona Doyle – Swimming
  • Paul Pollock- Marathon
  • Natalya Coyle – Modern Pentathlon
  • Sarah Lavin – 100m Hurdles
  • Martyn Irvine – Track Cycling
  • Jack Woolley – Taekwondo

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