The top 16 athletes you should follow on social media during the 2016 Summer Olympics

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The summer Olympics are finally here! Thousands of athletes have traveled to Rio to compete in this year's games, and we, the viewers, will be treated to hundreds of hours of extremely fit people jumping, leaping, diving, swimming, and plenty more. You can't follow all of them without clogging your feed, so we chose 16 excellent athletes with great social media accounts for you to follow.


Simone Biles
United States, Gymnastics

Instagram: simonebiles
Twitter: @Simone_Biles
Snapchat: simonebiles

Arguably the greatest gymnast of her generation, the 19-year-old Simone Biles is expected to bring home multiple medals in her first Olympics. Raised by her grandparents after having been removed from her substance abusing mother, Biles trains with the same coach she's had for more than a decade.


Ibtihaj Muhammad
United States, Fencing

Instagram: ibtihajmuhammad
Twitter: @IbtihajMuhammad
Snapchat: ibtihajj

The first American to wear a hijab at the Olympics, Muhammad came to fencing in middle school. Now, at 30, she is more than just a world-class athlete—she serves on the U.S. State Department's Empowering Women and Girls Through Sport Initiative, and with her siblings manages her own fashion brand, Louella by Ibtihaj Muhammad.

Chris Mosier
United States, Duathalon

Instagram: thechrismosier
Twitter: @TheChrisMosier
Facebook: thechrismosier

The first transgender athlete to compete with Team U.S.A., Mosier is also the first trans athlete to appear in the pages of ESPN Magazine's "Body Issue" and is the founder of "A resource for students, athletes, coaches, and administrators to find information about trans inclusion in athletics at various levels of play."


Claressa Shields
United States, Boxing

Instagram: claressashields
Twitter: @Claressashields
Snapchat: Klaressa2016

In 2012, Shields became the first member of Team U.S.A. to win gold in Women's Boxing at the London Games. A native of Flint, Michigan, Shields trained with her father, a former boxer himself, who spent much of her childhood in prison for robbery, sparring with boys in the gym and quickly asserting her dominance in the sport.


Tina Charles
United States, Basketball

Instagram: tina31charles
Twitter: @tinacharles31

As a member of New York Liberty WNBA team, Charles was one of a number of players who spoke out about racial inequality and the Black Lives Matter movement, earning a (short-lived) rebuke from the association for which she played. Charles is also a philanthropist, whose foundation "Hopey's Heart" distributes Automated External Defibrillators (AED) to combat sudden cardiac arrest in schools.


Naomy Grand’Pierre
Haiti, Swimming

Instagram: naomygp
Twitter: @tinacharles31

A series of injuries required the Atlanta-born swimmer to rethink her strategy of making it to Rio this year. While continuing to train and recover physically, Grand'Pierre realized that her dual American-Haitian citizenship would technically allow her to compete in the Caribbean Island Swimming Championships, which serves as the Olympic qualifier for the region.


While Grand'Pierre finished eighth overall in the 50-meter butterfly with a personal best of 30.11 seconds, she was chosen as Haiti's women's swimming representative under the Olympics' universality rule, which gives any country that does not have a qualifying swimmer to choose one athlete of each sex to compete in a specific event.


Tory Doris
Guyana, Triple-jump

Instagram: trydrs
Twitter: @trydrs

Doris spends his nights making beats. Under the name Good Junk, he makes house tracks that play in clubs. In a way, his life is all about footwork. "Listening to really dirty ghetto house and footwork while I'm about to compete makes me think I'm at a battle. That's all I listen to when I warm up or when I'm practicing," he told Thump.


Gabby Douglas
United States, Gymnastics

Instagram: gabbycvdouglas
Twitter: @gabrielledoug
snapchat: gabbydizzle

Douglas is a star already for her incredible performances in the 2012 Beijing Olympics, where she competed as a member of the "Fierce Five" gymnastics team that brought home Olympic gold. Douglas does it all: uneven bars, vault, beam, and floor. In 2012, she won the individual all-around gold medal, and she's a critical favorite to take it home again this year.


Vashti Cunningham
United States, High-Jump

Instagram: vashtizzle
Twitter: @vashtizzle

At 6'1'', she's every bit her father's daughter—her dad being former NFL quarterback Randall Cunningham Jr., who she trains with four times a week (he's also her coach).


Toni-Ann Williams
Jamaica, Gymnastics

Instagram: toniann_williams
Twitter: @_toniwilliams_

Williams is the first gymnast to represent Jamaica in the Olympics. Though she was born in Massachusetts and attends Cal Berkeley, Williams chose to compete for Jamaica because she wants to set an example. "In Jamaica, it's like Usain Bolt is president. They love him, they love track & field and they are all about it all the time. It is what Jamaica is known for, so they take pride in that," Williams told the Cal Bears athletic site. "It makes it a little harder to make other sports, especially gymnastics, easy to grasp for Jamaicans."


Sarah Robles
United States, Weightlifting

Instagram: roblympian
Twitter: @roblympian

Robles is a goddamned superhero and she knows it.In 2012, she represented the U.S. at the London Olympics as one of only two female weightlifters. Though Robles performed admirably in 2012, she did not medal and fell from grace in 2013 when the International Weightlifting Federation suspended her from competing for two years after testing positive for drugs. Now, Robles is back in action, ready to represent her country in Rio, and her sense of humor has never been better.


Carmelo Anthony
United States, Basketball

Instagram: carmeloanthony
Twitter: @carmeloanthony
Snapchat: carmelokanthony

Anthony, the New York Knicks star and longest-tenured player on the men's national basketball team, has become an outspoken activist imploring athletes to use their privileged positions to help advance social justice causes. Many credit him with stirring Michael Jordan, who has maintained an apolitical stance his whole career, of donating $2 million to support police-community relations and the NAACP.


Vinesh Phogat
Wrestling, India

Instagram: vineshphogat
Twitter: @phogat_vinesh

Phogat's one of only three female wrestlers sent by India to Rio this year and she's had to stay focused and overcome extreme cultural opposition to get here. "People would throw us dirty looks when we wore shorts to practise. They would gossip and…say 'this is wrong', she told First Post.


Ashleigh Johnson
United States, Water Polo

Instagram: bume96
Twitter: @theashjohnson

Johnson is the first black woman to represent the United States in Olympic water polo competition. Her goalkeeping skills earned her the 2015 Collegiate Water Polo Association Player of the Year at Princeton, where she also is now the career saves leader.


Elena Delle Donne
United States, Basketball

Instagram: de11edonne
Twitter: @De11eDonne

Just before the games kicked off, Donne, the star swingwoman of the WNBA's Chicago Sky, came out and announced she is engaged to her long-term girlfriend Amanda Clifton. In the past, Donne has vocally supported other openly lesbian players like Brittney Greine.


Kassidy Cook
United States, Diving

Instagram: kassidycook13
Twitter: @KassidyCook1
Snapchat: @Kassidycook

Cook was inches away from making the United States Olympic team in 2012—she was one spot away from a trip to Bejing, but her dive off the three meter spring-board just wasn't tight enough. Since 2012, she's had two shoulder surgeries and a broken collarbone. But this year, in the 2016 trials, she came in first.


Happy Olympics, everybody!