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The Most Impressive Athletes at the Rio Olympics  

Erik Barnes
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List Rules Vote up the Rio Olympians who you think have performed most remarkably at the 2016 Summer Olympics.

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The 2016 Olympic Games in Rio have seen many broken records as athletes finally showcasing their talents after years of discipline and training or staging a big return to get the gold once again. Even the most amazing Rio Olympics athletes have fallen short of their goals, and sometimes Olympians just don't live up to the hype. Yet some athletes have reached new peaks in human achievement.

Whether it's the rise of gymnast Simon Biles, the crackshot dominance of Kim Rhodes, the superhuman speed of Usain Bolt, or Michael Phelps retiring as the most decorated Olympian of all time, the Rio Olympics has showcased a great number of astonishing athletes. As the games continue, there are potentially more astounding feats yet to come.

This list compiles the cream of the Olympic crop. It is up to you to decide which of these impressive 2016 Olympics athletes is the best among the best. Go, rank, and vote up the Olympians who have amazed you.

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Katinka Hosszú is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Impressive Athletes at the Rio Olympics
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Dafne Schippers is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Impressive Athletes at the Rio Olympics
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Mahé Drysdale is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Impressive Athletes at the Rio Olympics
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Katie Ledecky is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Impressive Athletes at the Rio Olympics
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Michael Phelps is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Impressive Athletes at the Rio Olympics
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Sharon van Rouwendaal is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Impressive Athletes at the Rio Olympics
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Usain Bolt is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Impressive Athletes at the Rio Olympics
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Kim Rhodes is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Impressive Athletes at the Rio Olympics
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Elaine Thompson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Impressive Athletes at the Rio Olympics
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Derek Drouin is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Impressive Athletes at the Rio Olympics
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Anita Włodarczyk is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Impressive Athletes at the Rio Olympics
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Jason Kenny is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Impressive Athletes at the Rio Olympics
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Simone Biles is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Impressive Athletes at the Rio Olympics
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Mikkel Hansen is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Impressive Athletes at the Rio Olympics
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Laura Ludwig is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Impressive Athletes at the Rio Olympics
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Mónica Puig is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Impressive Athletes at the Rio Olympics
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Danuta Kozák is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Impressive Athletes at the Rio Olympics
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Jillion Potter is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Impressive Athletes at the Rio Olympics
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Vivian Cheruiyot is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Impressive Athletes at the Rio Olympics
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Ma Long is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Impressive Athletes at the Rio Olympics
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Kristin Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Impressive Athletes at the Rio Olympics
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Caterine Ibargüen is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Impressive Athletes at the Rio Olympics
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Eliud Kipchoge is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Impressive Athletes at the Rio Olympics
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Shi Tingmao is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Impressive Athletes at the Rio Olympics
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Gabby Douglas is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Impressive Athletes at the Rio Olympics