22 US Female Athletes Who Are Bringing Major #GirlPower to the Rio Olympics

Gabby Douglas with her doll

Is anyone else excited to watch the 2016 Olympic games? The showdown of might, will, and athletic prowess is set to take place this week -- with the opening ceremony kicking off in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Friday, August 5. Needless to say, we're all sorts of excited for all the ass-kicking that will take place, especially at the hands of the ladies.

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Seeing as US women won 63 percent of the Olympic gold medals for this country at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, we can only imagine all the awesomeness we're going to see in Rio.

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As we ready our signs and voices to scream "U-S-A" at the top of our lungs, we'll also be tipping our hats to all the badass women who plan to compete. From returning favorites to shining stars on the rise, here's a rundown of US female athletes you need to follow.

 

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