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2016 USA Olympic Teammates, Womens Gymnast Simone Biles and Mens Swimmer Legend Michael Phelps Selfie.

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The “theme” of this week’s spread was super girly and pink because 1) any excuse to use pink is one that I’ll gladly take any time 2) our USA Women’s Gymnastics team absolutely KILLED IT at the olympics and it gets me SO PUMPED 3) boys are stressing me out atm and I needed some empowerment 4) I just really love and appreciate girls. Girls who are there for you. Big girls, small girls, athletic girls, artistic girls. Girls who are into girls. Girls who are into studying. Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t. Prove them wrong. Do it like a girl; you’re badass. ✨

In 1978, Wendy Hilliard became the first black woman to earn a spot on the US national rhythmic gymnastics team. Hilliard served as team captain for two years, and following her retirement in 1998 spent four years as team coach. From 1995 to 1997, Hilliard served as president of the Women’s Sports Foundation, the first black woman to hold the position. 

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4 years later… Aly Raisman (USA) Rio 2016 Olympic Games all around silver medalist

eonline.com
Why the Diversity of the U.S. Women's Gymnastics Team Is So Important
Team USA is breaking barriers before the competition in Rio even begins

With a mix of races and ethnicities—black, white, Latina, Jewish—this was easily the most diverse group of women to represent USA gymnastics at the Olympics. And while each woman was selected for her ability and potential to medal, that doesn’t change the fact that seeing the different faces on this year’s team is important and also pretty damn cool.

I’m so effing exciting to watch these ladies compete, and I’m even more excited for the little kids who get to have them as their role models. 

       2016 USA Women’s Olympic Gymnastics Team

Simone Biles, 19, Spring, Texas - World Champions Centre

Accomplishments

  • 14x World Championships Medalists
  • 10x World Champion
    • Holds Record for the Most World Championship Gold Medals
  • Reigning World Champion for the All-Around, Beam, and Floor
  • First African-American Woman to win a World All-Around Title
  • 4x National All-Around Champion

Best Events: Combined International Medals

  • Vault: 2 Golds, 2 Silvers, 1 Bronze
  • Beam: 4 Golds, 1 Bronze
  • Floor: 5 Golds

Gabrielle Douglas, 20, Tarzana, CA - Buckeye Gymnastics

Accomplishments

  • 2x Olympic Champion
  • First African-American Woman to win an Olympic All-Around Title
  • Reigning Olympic All-Around Champion
  • 2012 AP Female Athlete of the Year
  • 2016 World All-Around Silver Medalist

Best Events: Combined International Medals

  • Bars: 2 Golds, 1 Silver
    • Made the Olympic Final in 2012
  • Beam: 1 Bronze
    • Made the Olympic Final in 2012

Laurie Hernandez, 16,  Old Bridge, NJ - MG Elite

Accomplishments:

  • 2015 Junior National All-Around Champion
  • 2015 International Junior Japan Meet All-Around Champion
  • 2016 Senior National All-Around Bronze Medalist

Best Events: Combined International Medals

  • Bars: 1 Gold, 1 Silver
  • Beam: 1 Gold, 1 Silver
  • Floor: 2 Golds

Madison Kocian, 18, Dallas, TX - WOGA

Accomplishments:

  • 3x World Champion
  • 2015 World Uneven Bars Champion
  • Member of 2014 & 2015 World Champion Teams
  • 2015 National Uneven Bars Champion

Best Events: Combined International Medals

  • Bars: 2 Golds, 1 Silver
  • Beam: 1 Silver, 1 Bronze

Aly Raisman, 22, Needham, MA - Brestyan’s Gymnastics

Accomplishments:

  • 2x Olympic Champion
  • Olympic Bronze Medal on Beam
  • Reigning Olympic Champion on Floor
  • Most decorated American gymnast at the 2012 Games

Best Events: Combined International Meets

  • Vault: 1 Gold, 1 Bronze
  • Beam: 1 Gold, 2 Silver, 2 Bronze
  • Floor: 4 Golds, 2 Silver, 2 Bronze