Simone Biles (b. 1997) is currently the most decorated American gymnast. She set a
national record at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, winning four gold medals, the
most a female gymnast has won in a single game.
She has a total of nineteen Olympic and World
Championship medals, fourteen of them gold. She has been the world all-around
champion on three consecutive years, and the US national all-around champion
four times, from 2013 to 2016.
Ondina Valla (1916-2006) was the first Italian
woman to win an Olympic gold medal. She achieved this in 1936, after winning
the 80 m hurdles event at the Berlin Summer Olympics, where she also
established a new world record.
She was considered
one of the top athletes in Italy even at the young age of 13, and became the
national champion only a year later. She won the Italian Athletics
Championships sixteen times throughout her career, in various events.
Rūta Meilutytė (b. 1997) is a professional
swimmer from Lithuania. She is currently the world record holder in three
events: 50-meter and 100-meter breaststroke (long course) and 100-meter
breaststroke (short course).
She has set several
national and European records, breaking even her own. By the age of 15 she had
broken 11 Lithuanian records in women’s swimming. At the same age she won a
gold medal in the 2012 London Olympics, becoming the youngest athlete from her
country to do so.
Throwback to when He Kexin had the 7th highest vault score and 2nd highest Chinese vault score (only behind Cheng Fei who is one of the best vaulters of all time) in qualifications at the 2008 Beijing Olympics
She overcame polio and debilitating sickness as a child to become the first American woman to win three gold medals in one Olympics. Her record-breaking achievements even earned her the monicker of the “fastest woman in the world.” How’d she do it?