Rio 2016 Olympic Hopefuls You Need to Start Following On Instagram
Simone Biles, @simonebiles
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.)
April Ross, @aprilrossbeach
Dawn Harper-Nelson, @dharp100mh
Jenn Suhr, @jennifersuhr
Grace Luczak, @rowgracie
Kate Courtney, @kateplusfate
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.
Jackie Galloway, @jackiekicks_urface
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.)
Abby Johnston, @abbyljohnston
Candace Parker, @candaceparker
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?
Emma Coburn, @emmacoburn
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.
Melissa Stockwell, @mstockwell01
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)