Simone Biles

No one can deny Simone Biles is an exceptional gymnast, she will go down is history as one of the best there ever was. In three years she won fourteen medals, ten of them gold, and she holds the record for most gold medals won by a female gymnast. She is also the first African-American to win the World All-Around Championship. This is the first Olympics she is eligible to compete in and there is no doubt in anyone’s mind, she is a strong contender to bring home a medal or two for Team USA. With her leading the US’ gymnastics team, this Olympics has the potential to be an historic one.

Chase Kalisz and Jay Litherland

A pair of swimmers from the University of Georgia beat out 11-time Olympic medalist Ryan Lochte to compete in the Rio Olympics. A rising senior at UGA, Chase Kalisz’s time was a little over two seconds faster than Lochte's. Rising sophomore Jay Litherland’s time was a full second faster than Lochte.

Kyrie Irving

Fresh off of the Cleveland Cavaliers historic win in the 2016 NBA Championship, Kyrie Irving is heading to Rio to represent Team USA in Men’s Basketball. This will be his first Olympic appearance after turning down a spot in the 2012 London games representing his home country of Australia. Irving is sure to have a good showing, considering how stellar he was in the NBA finals.

Ibtihaj Muhammad

This woman will be making history at the Rio Olympics, becoming the first athlete to compete while wearing a hijab. She will be competing for Team USA in both the individual and team women’s sabre events. She is currently ranked second in the United States and twelfth in the world. Her hijab won’t be the only thing making her stand out at the Olympics.

Ali Krieger

After being an alternate for the 2008 Beijing Olympics and an ACL injury keeping her out of the 2012 London Games, Defender Ali Krieger is making history for USA Soccer and becoming the oldest first time Olympian on the women’s Olympic soccer team. Krieger started all 7 games in the 2015 World Cup and played all but 10 minutes of the entire tournament, making her one of the key defenders for team USA.

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