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Tatyana McFadden was born with spina bifida and spent the first six years of her life in a Russian orphanage. Paralyzed from the waist down, she learned to walk on her hands. At 15, Tatyana made her Paralympic debut in Athens in 2004, won two medals, and was the youngest member of Team USA. At the 2008 Paralympic in Beijing, she earned four more medals. In London, in 2012, she added another four medals, three of which were gold. One year later, at the 2013 World Championships, she became the first athlete in history to win six gold medals at the same competition.
Melissa Stockwell is an American paratriathlete and former Paralympic swimmer and U.S. Army officer. She competed in three swimming events, the 100 m butterfly, 100 m freestyle, and 400 m freestyle, at the 2008 Summer Paralympics, and finished sixth, fifth, and fourth, respectively.
Serena Williams is the number one-ranked American professional tennis player in women’s singles tennis. The Women’s Tennis Association has ranked her world No. 1 in singles on six separate occasions and when she is not on the court, she is also an accomplished actress!
Mallory Diane Pugh is an American soccer player who currently plays for Real Colorado of the Elite Clubs National League and will be a part of the United States women’s national soccer team at the 2016 Rio Olympics
Simone Arianne Biles is an American gymnast, a three-time world all-around champion, four-time United States national all-around champion, three-time world floor champion , two-time world balance beam champion, and a member of the gold medal-winning American teams at the 2014 and the 2015 World Gymnastics Championships.
Brittney Reese is an American long jumper, Olympic gold medalist, and is a five-time world champion. Reese is current record holder in the long jump with a distance of 7.23 meters.
Ibtihaj Muhammad is an American fencer and member of the United States fencing team. She is known for being the first Muslim woman to wear a hijab during her qualifiers for the United States Olympic Team.
Breanna Mackenzie Stewart is an American professional basketball player for the Seattle Storm. Stewart was the first overall pick in the 2016 WNBA Draft.
Kathleen Baker is an American swimmer who specialized in freestyle and backstroke events. Baker attends the University of California, Berkeley, where she competes for the California Golden Bears swimming and diving team. She qualified for the 2016 Summer Olympics in the 100 meter backstroke.
Oksana Chusovitina, the forty-one-year-old world and Olympic champion gymnast is the only female gymnast ever to compete in seven Olympic Games. And she is one of only two female gymnasts to compete at the Olympics under three different national teams: the Soviet Union, Uzbekistan, and Germany. Chusovitina holds the record for the most individual world championship medals on a single event (nine, on the vault). She is also one of a few women to return to international gymnastics competition after becoming a mother.
Adeline Gray is a wrestler from the United States, who became world champion in 2014. She is a 2016 Olympian for Team USA, a three-time World Champion and a six-time World Team member.
Jordan Larson is an American indoor volleyball player. She is a 6 ft 2 in outside hitter. She was a two-time AVCA First Team All-American while playing for the Cornhuskers at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. She has played for the United States women’s national volleyball team since 2009.
Alexi Pappas is a Greek-American long distance athlete. Thanks to her dual citizenship, she will be running the 10km for Greece this year – the first woman ever to do so. As a long distance runner, Alexi has also been a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) All-American at indoor 3,000 metres, 5,000 metres and the steeplechase, as well as the Ivy League champion at the steeplechase. She is also a filmmaker, a writer, an actress, and a poet.
Whitney Ashley is an American athlete whose specialty is the discus throw. Four years after finishing 22nd at the 2012 Olympic Trials, she placed first in Discus at 2016 United States Olympic Trials (track and field). She qualified for the Summer Olympics after propelling the discus to 62.25 meters.
Courtney Okolo is an American track and field sprinter who is known for the 400-meter dash but is running in the 4×400 relay at the Summer Olympics this year after taking sixth in the 400 final. A recent Texas graduate, she posted the top qualifying time in the 400 at the U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials, and has the fastest time by an American this year – her NCAA record of 49.71 seconds. She will bring that speed to her leg of the 1600 relay at the Olympic Games.
Prescod is a Brooklyn native and 2012 Olympian in her third year at Columbia University. She displayed an extraordinary talent for the sport at a very young age, winning her first Youth 10 national competition in 2003. Prescod has continued to hone her skills and climb up the world rankings, making history in 2015 as the first African-American woman ever to win an individual medal at the Senior World Championships when she took bronze and established herself as a podium contender for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.
Skeet shooter Kim Rhode is the first U.S. Olympian to win medals at five consecutive Games in an individual sport. This year, she just might make it six. At 37, getting to Rio was difficult because she struggled with health issues after giving birth. She credits endurance with getting her there.
Twenty-three year old shooter Morgan Craft earned her 2016 Olympic Team spot through USA Shooting’s Olympic Points system after winning gold at the World Championship, combined with silver and bronze-medal performances in back-to-back World Cup events in 2015. She didn’t finish outside the top-eight internationally in five events. She hopes to continue the streak with a medal in Rio.
In 2010, Jillion Potter broke her neck in a rugby game. In 2014, she survived a battle with cancer. This week, she is part of history, as Potter and her teammates play in the first-ever women’s Olympic rugby tournament for Team USA.
Ellen Hoog is a member of the Netherlands women’s national field hockey team, and she has twice won Olympic gold with them. In 2012, Hoog became the first player to decide a major championship match with a penalty shootout, taking the winning shot in the 2012 Summer Olympics semi-final against New Zealand.
Yusra Mardini is a Syrian swimmer currently living in Berlin, Germany. She is a member of the Refugee Olympic Athletes Team (ROT), competing under the Olympic flag at the 2016 Summer Olympics.
Usain Bolt is a Jamaican runner and Olympic legend who has been called “the fastest man alive.” He has 7 gold medals and is the reigning champion of the 2008, 2012 and 2016 Summer Olympic Games. He supports HeForShe and their initiative to end gender-based discrimination and gender-based violence.