Ledecky, Biles & Mustafina competing in the Rio Olympics
The 2016 summer Olympic Games will be in magical Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Here are some young sports personalities to watch.
At the age of 19, this American swimmer is a nine-time world champion, Olympic gold medalist and world record holder in the 400, 800, 1500 meters freestyle. Since her international debut at the London Summer Olympics in 2012, she has won back-to-back golds. She will be competing at the Rio Olympics as the favorite for gold.
This American three-time gymnastics world champion has not lost a competition since 2013, leaving her the favorite for gold in the 2016 Olympic Games. In her career, she has amassed ten gold medals, two silver medals, and two bronze.
At 21 years old, Aliya is a three-time world champion and the 2010 Olympic Uneven bars gold medalist. She is leading a five-woman squad of Russian gymnasts into the Rio Olympic Games. Doping allegations are a thorn for the Russian teams, which leaves them at the mercy of the International Olympics Committee as to whether they will be able to compete in the Rio Olympics.
The Rio Olympic Games are fast approaching and the Olympians are expectant to bring glory and honor to their countries. A major disappointment is the rise in the number of athletes banned from competing due to use of performance enhancing drugs.