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Gymnastics Legends (Part 2/): Simone Biles, the greatest female gymnast of all time

  • the first female gymnast to sweep the major all around titles (Worlds & Olympics) in a quad (2013-2016)
  • 5 Olympic medals and 14 World medals
  • 4x Olympic Champion and 10x World champion
  • has been a World or Olympic champion in vault, balance beam, and floor exercise
  • swept every major floor title this quad
  • shares the record for the most gold medals by a female gymnast in a single Olympic games
  • 4x US National Champion (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016)
  • most decorated American gymnast of all time
  • has her own eponymous skill, the “Biles,” or a double layout with ½ turn

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

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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Shoutout to Ashton Locklear of the United States for being the first Native American woman to bring home gold medals (uneven bars and team) from an international gymnastics competition. In addition to her success at the Pan-American Games, 16 year old Lumbee Tribe member was also a member of USA’s gold-winning World Championship Team.

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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.