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Aussie fans cheer on Ryan Bayley of Australia during the men's track cycling sprint final on August 24, 2004 during the Athens 2004 Summer Olympic Games.

The Australian public can now request tickets to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, the first Olympic Games to be held in South America.

An aerial view of the Olympic Joao Havelange Stadium on the 1,000th day before the Rio 2016 Olympic Games on November 9, 2013 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Brazil is also hosting the 2014 FIFA World Cup which commences in June of next year.

With ambitious aims of a top-five finish, the AOC is warning Australia's Olympic hopefuls they'll be in Rio de Janeiro for business not pleasure next year.

General view of the golf course for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in the Barra da Tijuca neighborhood on March 25, 2015.

The Rio de Janeiro Olympic Golf Course has been revealed – and with a distinct taste of Australia already shining through.

Mack Horton (L) shakes hands with Grant Hackett (R) after winning the Men's 400m Freestyle Final during day one of the Australian National Swimming Championships on April 3, 2015.

SWIMMING: Nine years after posing for a picture with a young Mack Horton, Grant Hackett says the once doting fan will be our next 1500m Olympic champion.

Australian Head coach Aurelio Vidmar during the AFC U-22 Championship Group C match between Iran and Australia at Royal Oman Police Stadium on January 14, 2014 in Muscat, Oman.

FOOTBALL: The Australian men's under-23 side have advanced to next year's AFC U-23 Championship after a resounding 5-1 win over Myanmar

Australian Women's Rugby Sevens players (L-R) Sharni Williams, Emilee Cherry and Shannon Parry pose following a press conference with 500 days to go until the 2016 Olympic Games at the Museum of Contemporary Art on March 24, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.

RIO 2016: The first Olympic Games in South America are now only 500 days away and the prospect of representing Australia in Rio de Janeiro is what drives athletes all around the country every day.

Slater and Gordon joins Australian Olympic Team

AOT: Leading Australian consumer law firm Slater and Gordon has been announced as the Official Law Firm of the Australian Olympic Team during an event in Sydney.

Returning swimming champion Grant Hackett will stick to his plan of earning a spot in next year's Olympics through the 200m freestyle.

An aerial shot of Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro

Organisers of next year's Rio Olympics have unveiled the full program of test events in the lead-up to the first ever Games in South America.

Eddie Ockenden of Australia lifts up the trophy as Australia (Jacob Whetton bottom right), celebrates their win against The Netherlands in the final of the 2012 Champions Trophy on December 9, 2012 in Melbourne, Australia.

HOCKEY: Debutants and veteran members of the Australian Men’s Hockey team, the Kookaburras, have their eyes firmly set on gold at the end of their Road to Rio.

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