There’s still some good competition remaining in these Olympics. The games run through August 21 (Sunday). So don’t quit on them just yet! Instead, take a breath and then gear up for the final push in Rio. These fine female athletes should help re-inspire you.
Aly Raisman, Gymnastics, USA: The 22-year-old has repped the United States in both 2012 and 2016.
She’s won three Olympic gold medals so far in her career: two in London (team, floor exercise) and one in Rio (team).
A native of Needham, Massachusetts, Raisman attended Babson College in Wellesley, Massachusetts, before returning to her gymnastics career.
Darya Klishina, Track and Field, Russia: Klishina finished first in the long jump at the 2013 European Indoor Championships and is making her first Olympics appearance this summer. She is a model in addition to being a long jumper, which surprises approximately no one.
Elena Delle Donne, Basketball, USA: Delle Donne was the 2015 WNBA MVP. She’s also one of the main reasons that the American women’s basketball team is just as favored to win the gold as the guys.
Taylor Pischke, Volleyball, Canada: Fun fact: Pischke played college volleyball at University of California, Santa Barbara. So she’s a Canuck, but she’s also a Gaucho. If Canada were in the Olympics, she’d totally be in Rio right now.
Alana Blanchard, Surfing, USA: OK, technically Blanchard isn’t competing in Rio because surfing won’t be an Olympic sport until 2020. But we just felt like sharing these pictures with you, OK?
Lauren Fendrick, Beach Volleyball, USA: A former UCLA Bruin, Fendrick is competing in her first Olympic Games. In addition to being a great athlete, she studied law at USC and even passed the bar exam. So if you beat her, expect to get sued in the near future.
Jessica Ennis-Hill, Heptathlon, Great Britain: Ennis-Hill took home a gold medal in the heptathlon at the 2012 Olympics in London. FYI, for women, the heptathlon consists of the 100-meter hurdles, high jump, shot put, 200-meter sprint, long jump, javelin and 800-meter run. See? You’re learning so much in this gallery.
April Ross, Beach Volleyball, USA: Ross won a silver medal at the 2012 Olympics in London and hopes to improve on that result this year. A USC grad, Ross was named the Gatorade National Player of the Year after her senior year of high school.
Emma Coburn, Track and Field, USA: In 2012, Coburn finished ninth in the 3000-meter steeplechase at the London Olympics. This year she finished third and picked up the bronze. At this rate, pencil her in for a gold medal in 2020.
Natasha Wodak, Track and Field, Canada: Wodak finished 22nd in the 10,000-meter run in Rio. She ran it in under 32 minutes. That’s still pretty awesome.
Vashti Cunningham, Track and Field, USA: The daughter of former NFL quarterback Randall Cunningham, Vashti will be competing in the high jump in Rio. She’s just 18 years of age, but don’t be surprised if she medals. The woman is a high-flyer!
Sage Watson, Track and Field, Canada: The 22-year-old from Alberta (right) is competing in the 400-meter hurdles in Rio. She also ran track for the University of Arizona.
Sydney McLaughlin, Track and Field, USA: The New Jersey native is competing in the 400-meter hurdles in Rio.
She turned 17 this month. So when she’s not representing the USA, she runs track for Union Catholic High School. Yes, we said high school.
Catalina Ponor, Gymnastics, Romania: The 28-year-old hasn’t won medals in Rio, but that’s OK. She’s won five in her career, including three golds back in Athens 2004.
Sanne Wevers, Gymnastics, Netherlands: Wevers was the surprise gold medalist in the balance beam event in Rio, besting Americans Simone Biles and Laurie Hernandez. Fun fact: Her fraternal twin, Lieke, is also a member of the Dutch national gymnastics team.
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