Every day of the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio, Fusion is highlighting a handful of the games’ thousands of diverse athletes. They won’t always be Americans, but they will always be worthy of your cheers.
When he's on TV: August 9 at 12 p.m. EST and August 11 at 12 p.m. EST
Technically speaking, Ning Zetao is in Rio this summer with the goal of snagging a few gold medals for his home country with his insane swimming skills. In reality, though, he's really there making a strong case for the idea that competitive thirst trapping easily could and should be an Olympic sport.
The 23-year-old Chinese navy lieutenant first made a name for himself at the 2013 Chinese National Games where he set new Asian records for both the 50 and 100-meter freestyle. Since then, Zetao's career has been studded with a number of record-breaking races and six gold medals from various international swimming competitions.
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When she's on TV: August 9 at 6 p.m. EST
Tonight, Klingenberg and her teammates will take on Colombia in the preliminaries leading up to year year's quarter finals and she's totally chill about it. As hype as she is to compete, Klingenberg's kept her priorities straight in the weeks leading up to the Olympics, as evidenced by her well-maintained YouTube channel featuring, amongst other things, Ciara parody videos and expeditions for bacon.
When she's on TV: She's actually done competing this year and helped Brazil snag 9th place in women's rugby!
Isadora Cerullo dominated on the rugby pitch in last night's victory over Japan (33-5), but the 25-year-old rugby sevens player was brought to tears when Marjorie Enya, her girlfriend of two years, walked out onto the field in front of the entire world and proposed to her.
"As soon as I knew she was in the squad I thought I have to make this special," Enya told the BBC. "I know rugby people are amazing and they would embrace it."