Written by: Sanjna Basa
In just the last couple days, USA has become an unstoppable force in the 2016 Rio Olympics with the most medals awarded so far. Here are a couple insanely talented female athletes to look out for in these two weeks.
Katie Ledecky, Swimming
This 19 year old swimmer beat her own world record in the Women’s 400 m Freestyle Final, finishing around 5 seconds ahead of the other competitors. Then, she went on to win her second gold medal in Rio in the 200 Freestyle Final, making her an unstoppable athlete. Is there more gold in the forecast for Ledecky?
Simone Biles, Gymnastics
Starring on the cover of Time magazine and praised for her amazing tumbles and twists, Simone Biles has become one of the most watched and anticipated athletes this season. Just last night, she helped her team bring home gold for Women’s Gymnastics Team All-around for the second consecutive year, and soon we’ll watch her compete in the Individual All-Around with teammate, Ally Raisman. USA Gymnastics is killing the game, and many say Biles may be the first female Olympic gymnast to win five gold medals in one season.
Kerri Walsh, Beach Volleyball
38 year old beach volleyball player AND mother, Walsh has won consecutive gold medals in 2004, 2008, and 2012 (while pregnant!). In 2016, she definitely has the lead. In 2012, Walsh and her partner, Misty May-Treanor won 21 consecutive Olympic matches and lost only one set to Austria. Now, Walsh looks to defend her undefeated title with new partner, April Ross. Bring home the gold!
Allyson Felix, Track and Field
In London 2012, Felix competed in the 100 m, 200 m, 4 x 100 m relay, and 4 x 400 relay, winning gold in both relays and the 200 m. Unfortunately in 2013, she pulled her hamstring, and stopped training for nine months. Now, she’s recovered and back to win medals 4, 5, and 6 in the 200 m, 400m, and 4 x 100 relay.