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10 *amazing* moments for women in the 2021 Olympic trials
The countdown to the Tokyo Olympics has *officially* started and many of the trials to determine the 2021 teams have already occurred. This year has yielded some incredible performances from female athletes competing for spots on the Olympic team. Here are some of our favorite girl-power moments that took gold in our hearts.
1. Sha'carri Richardson qualifying in the 100m dash... in a full face of makeup
Running an Olympic qualifying 200-meter race is difficult enough on its own, and Sha'carri Richardson inspired girls everywhere by dominating the race in full hair, nails and makeup. We're so happy to see a strong female embodying femininity and athleticism at the same time.
2. Laurel Hubbard becomes the first transgender Olympian
In a groundbreaking moment, New Zealand's Lauren Hubbard became the first transgender female athlete to be chosen to compete in the Olympics. We know this one will be in the history books everywhere.
3. Claire Curzan making the team at 16
Claire Curzan is a rising senior in high school... and besides preparing for her final year of high school she'll be preparing for the Tokyo Olympics in the 100 butterfly at just 16 years old. We're seriously in awe of this talented young athlete.
4. Simone Biles and Jordan chiles share a prideful moment
We got chills watching gymnastics legend Simone Biles perform her jaw-dropping routine...and we would be lying if we said we didn't shed a few tears when Simone posted this heartwarming picture with fellow Olympic team member Jordan Chiles.
5. Sydney McLaughlin breaks the 400m hurdles world record
Sydney McLaughlin smashed the previous 400m hurdles world record in a super speedy time of 51.90 seconds. We can't wait to see if a gold medal is in her future.
6. Allyson Felix making her 5th Olympic team
The most decorated track athlete in U.S history is also an advocate for moms and pregnant athletes everywhere. Allyson Felix made her fifth Olympic team in the 400m dash and we can't wait to see such an inspiring woman compete at the games once again.
7. Gabby Thomas dominating the 200m
Gabby Thomas is a Harvard graduate and epidemiology student which is impressive on its own, but she still took to the track to become the second-fastest woman in the 200-meter dash. We *love* a multitalented queen.
8. Katie Grimes makes the team at 15
The 15-year-old swimmer will be joining swim-superstar Katie Ledecky in the 800-meter freestyle race at the Olympics. Ledecky called Grimes "the future" and "the now" and we couldn't agree more.
9. Anna Cockrell sharing her story with depression... and making the Olympic team
Anna Cockrell shared that she was very depressed in 2019 and didn't want to "be here anymore". But this star worked extremely hard to get herself to where she is today—an Olympian in the 400m hurdles. We couldn't be more proud of her for sharing her story and perservering.
10. Katie Ledecky makes her 3rd Olympic team
No one was surprised that five-time gold medalist swimmer Katie Ledecky will be returning to her third Olympic games...but that doesn't mean we're not still *super* excited to watch her in her race.
So far, the trials have been an incredible display of female strength. We can't wait to see which other women will be booking flights to compete in the 2021 Tokyo Olympics. No matter how the games end, these women will always be inspirations to us.
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