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Rio 2016 Olympic Hopefuls You Need to Start Following On Instagram

Simone Biles, @simonebiles

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Eighteen-year-old Biles scored four (!) golds at this year's World Gymnastics Championships and was just honored with the title of Female Olympic Athlete of the Year by the U.S. Olympic Committee. She might also be one of the most fun-loving athletes in the running for Rio—she's cracking up in most shots on her Instagram account, including this one with teammate Gabby Douglas. (For more badass women who are seriously inspiring: These Strong Women Are Changing the Face of Girl Power As We Know It.) 

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April Ross, @aprilrossbeach

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Already an Olympic silver medalist, beach volleyball pro Ross isn't afraid to lay it all on the line, as evidenced by this pic. She was just named the 2015 Women's Beach Player of the Year by USA Volleyball.

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Dawn Harper-Nelson, @dharp100mh

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Harper-Nelson, a two-time Olympic medalist, is known for her cartwheels at the finish line and speed-defying wins in the 100-meter hurdles. (Here, 12 more Amazing Finish Line Moments.) But we're also hoping you'll come to know her for her awesome dance moves (see here). 

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Jenn Suhr, @jennifersuhr

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If you don't already know Suhr's name, now is the time to get familiar: the reigning Olympic champion in women's pole vault is taking the sport to new heights. Her Instagram is a mix of training shots and videos to inspire your own workouts on and off the track.

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Grace Luczak, @rowgracie

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Rower Luczak won the gold in the women's four boat at this year's World Rowing Championships and isn't afraid to show off her love of Kermit alongside pics that display her love of the sport.

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Kate Courtney, @kateplusfate

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If you've ever gone mountain biking, you know how terrifying and also totally badass it is. Kate Courtney, a pro mountain biker for Specialized, has been named to USA Cycling's Olympic long list, a necessary step for riders who want to remain in contention for Rio. She portrays the beauty and intensity of the sport on her account.

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Jackie Galloway, @jackiekicks_urface

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If you can't tell from her Instagram handle, Jackie Galloway has a winning sense of humor. This, plus the fact that the taekwondo star has already qualified for Rio (yes, the college sophomore is just that good), makes her a must-follow. (Up next, meet Caroline Maher, the taekwondo champ changing the way the world views atheles.)

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Abby Johnston, @abbyljohnston

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If you ever need a reminder that synchronized diving is an art form, look no further than Abby Johnston. The 2012 Olympic silver medalist makes the sport look fun, beautiful, and deceptively easy.

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Candace Parker, @candaceparker

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Parker, a WNBA star, 2008 Olympic gold medalist, and mom, shows off her devoted training style on and off the court. Hey, weighted reps are the best, right?

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Emma Coburn, @emmacoburn

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New Balance-sponsored runner Emma Coburn, a 2012 Olympian and four-time national champion in the 3,000 meter Steeplechase, gives her followers a glimpse at the hard work she puts in at the gym but also her fun cross-training. We volunteer to go with her on her next cliff jumping adventure in Greece.

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Melissa Stockwell, @mstockwell01

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Want some motivation? Check out Melissa Stockwell's account. The war veteran, paratriathlon world champion, 2008 Paralympian, and Ironman is one of the most inspiring female athletes competing today. (Want some more inspiration? See these 20 Iconic Sports Moments Featuring Female Athletes)

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