From Phenoms to Medal Favorites, Meet 26 Women Athletes Ready to Shine at the Olympics

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With the 2021 Olympics on the horizon and Olympic qualifications in full swing all over the world, we're having the best time tracking our favorite athletes and finding new up-and-comers to fall in love with. Simone Biles is leaning into her GOAT status, sporting more incredible skills than ever, and will be surrounded by talented new faces in the gymnastics competition. Tennis star Coco Gauff will become the youngest Olympic tennis player since 2000. In the pool, 18-year-old Torri Huske broke a nine-year-old American swimming record and looks poised for an upset in Tokyo. On the track, Sydney McLaughlin and Dalilah Muhammad are vying for dominance in the 400-meter hurdles. And with four new sports to enjoy this year, this really is just the start of what should be a groundbreaking Games for women athletes.

We've waited longer than usual for this Olympic cycle, and it's going to be even sweeter to watch these athletes turn heads and smash records this summer in Tokyo. Ahead, meet just a few of the women athletes we're most excited to watch in the 2021 Olympics!

To learn more about all the Olympic hopefuls, visit TeamUSA.org. The Tokyo Olympics begin July 23 on NBC.

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