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It's no easy feat to win an Olympic gold medal — it takes years of hard work, dedication, early morning practices, sacrifices to pursue your dream, and, of course, some really good superstitions and pre-competition rituals to make sure you're in that winner's mindset. Above, check out some of the top U.S. competitors' rituals, superstitions and lucky charms.
To learn more about Team USA, visit TeamUSA.org. Watch the Tokyo Olympics beginning July 23rd and the Tokyo Paralympics beginning August 24th on NBC.