We love watching the Olympics and seeing all of those superhuman athletes pushing their bodies to the limits. However, we think we have a few contenders for the gold here at team Knowsley! We have runners, jumpers, swimmers and that’s only to name a few.
100 metres, sprints, relay, any form of running is popular at the Olympics. These competitions have been a part of the games since 1896! Although we love watching Usain Bolt take the gold, we think we may have a competitor who could give him a run for his money. Our wildebeest can run up to 50 miles per hour! Now we don’t know about you, but we wouldn’t want to be up against this speedy species in a race.
#2 California sea lion
We know Michael Phelps holds umpteen records for his fish like abilities, but we wonder if he could keep up with one of our California sea lions. Although they may have a thick layer of blubber, there is no weighing them down when it comes to swimming. With a speed of 25 mph, our sea lions would swim laps on bronze and silver and greet their training team with the gold.
One cat that would certainly bring back a medal for the high jump is the tiger! Not only can this feline jump as high as 5m – a whole 16 feet, they can also jump as far as 10 metres! That means a tiger would jump 1 metre beyond the landing pit!
Weightlifting would be an easy win for an elephant considering no other animal who roams the land can pick up as much weight. With their trunks alone, these large mammals can lift up to one-tonne of weight!
South Africa won their first gold medal in fencing at the London 2012 Olympics. We think if they added the white rhino to their team, they couldn’t fail! Rhinos are constantly using their horns to spar with each other, we think they’d be quite the natural swordsman.
Now the camel may not be the fastest of them all, but they do, however, have a much superior endurance compared to the average species. The fact they can travel great distances without even a droplet of water makes them perfect for long distance running.
Hanging off a bar, or tree in this case, takes some real strength, not to mention dealing with a very light head. Gymnasts have a way of making even the smallest movement look elegant and rhythmical, which is no different to our fruit bat, who is a sure win for the uneven bars! Our bats can hang for hours on end without seeing stars, we’d love to know their trick!
Which animals would you want on your Olympic team? Let us know in the comments!