Theresa May urges Team GB to channel London 2012 spirit in Rio
Theresa May has wished the athletes of Team GB good luck as they compete at the Rio Olympics, telling them that "the whole nation will be behind you".
The Prime Minister urged the team to replicate the success of the London Olympics in 2012 and inspire the nation.
She said in a video posted on Facebook on Tuesday afternoon: "On behalf of the whole country I want to wish Team GB every success for this summer's Olympic Games in Rio.
"Four years ago you won more medals than countries 10 times our size.
"Your sheer hard work, your courage and character inspired our nation and brought our United Kingdom together with a wonderful sense of pride.
"I know that you will do so again.
"And although you will not see the same crowds cheering you on in Rio, I want you to know that those same crowds will be there in spirit.
"The whole nation will be behind you, watching on our televisions and backing you all the way.
"English, Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish, all together with one flag singing one anthem and supporting one team, our team, Team GB.
"So good luck in Rio and I say to the whole country let's bring on the great this summer."
The opening ceremony of the Rio Olympics took place on Friday August 5.