With the Olympics just days away and competition set to be fierce for the coveted top spot, we’ve compiled a list of eight gold medals Australia would win – if only they were considered Olympic Sports.

Quidditch

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No, really. Australia’s Dropbears (can we give them a gold medal for that name?) took out the 2016 Quidditch World Cup this July. [1]

Woolliest Sheep Contest

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Aussie sheep, Chris, is the proud owner of the most wool sheared from a sheep in a single shearing – a whopping 41.1kg. [2]

Robot Soccer

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For the second year in a row, Australia took out the RoboCup robot world soccer championship with a team from the University of New South Wales beating the Germans 3-1. [3]

National Credit Rating

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While we’re on notice for a future ratings downgrade, Australia still has its Standard & Poor’s AAA credit rating. By the way, if you want to see your own credit rating, you can check it for free at Credit Savvy.

Taking Christmas Lights Very Seriously

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Think your street goes a little Christmas light crazy come December? Try 518,838 lights on one tree [4]. To raise money for families affected by SIDS, Canberra dad David Richards, created a world record for the most Christmas lights on an artificial tree. We think that definitely deserves a gold medal!

Biggest Rock Contest

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…and it’s not Uluru. Roughly 2.5 times the size of its famed counterpart, Mount Augustus in WA lays claim to the title of the world’s biggest rock. [5] [6]

Most Venomous Snakes

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With 20 out of 25 of world’s deadliest snakes being Australian, we think we’ve got this one in the bag. [7]

Gold Medal Carnivores

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According to the OECD, when it comes to eating meat, we Aussies have topped the charts, even surpassing the United States. On average, we each consume a staggering 93kg of meat each year. [8]

We’re cheering for the Green & Gold to top the medal tally in Rio!

Let us know in the comments what else you think we’d likely win Gold for.
[1] http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-07-25/australia-dropbears-win-quidditch-championship/7658246 [2] http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/world-records/60069-most-wool-sheared-from-a-sheep-single-shearing [3] http://newsroom.unsw.edu.au/news/science-tech/australia-defeats-germany-win-robocup-world-title [4] http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-11-27/canberra-breaks-world-record-for-lights-strung-christmas-tree/6981356 [5] http://www.australiangeographic.com.au/travel/destinations/2014/11/mount-augustus-np [6] http://www.theaustralian.com.au/life/weekend-australian-magazine/journey-to-mount-augustus-the-worlds-biggest-rock/story-e6frg8h6-1226118449787 [7] http://australianmuseum.net.au/dangerous-australians [8] http://www.businessinsider.com.au/these-countries-eat-the-most-meat-and-the-us-isnt-no-1-2015-7

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