Olympics Which 2016 Team USA Olympians Are You Most Proud Of?  

Blake Edwards
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List Rules Vote up the 2016 Olympic athletes that are even more impressive than the others

It goes without saying that the roster of impressive USA Olympic athletes for the 2016 games are incredibly inspiring and amazing to watch. To even get to the games you have to be one of the best people in the world at what you do, and then to win medals proves that you’re not just at the height of your craft, but that you’re at the peak of humanity. What follows is a list of US Olympic athletes who make us proud and for whom we’d bake an apple pie any day.

The following popular US Olympic athletes aren’t just your standard Wheaties box models, they’re athletes who rose above unnatural circumstances to become the greatest at what they do. Some of the athletes are considered to be too old for what they do, and others have been hurt so many times that it’s shocking that they can even walk. Their impressive and inspiring stories should be more than enough to make us want to cheer them on as they compete at the 2016 Olympic games in Rio.

Vote on the 2016 Olympic athletes that are even more impressive than the others. And if you think we left off the most impressive Team USA Olympic athlete feel free to add them to this list. 

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Michael Phelps is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Which 2016 Team USA Olympians Are You Most Proud Of?
Michael Phelps age 33 - He turned his life around after two DUIs and has all the gold medals. How are you not rooting for him?

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Simone Biles is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Which 2016 Team USA Olympians Are You Most Proud Of?
Simone Biles age 20 - She's considered to be the best gymnast in the world right now (by far). 

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Katie Ledecky is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Which 2016 Team USA Olympians Are You Most Proud Of?
Katie Ledecky age 20 - At age 19, Ledecky is the only swimmer in the world who's unmatched in both sprints and long races. 

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Aly Raisman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Which 2016 Team USA Olympians Are You Most Proud Of?
Aly Raisman age 23 - At 22 years old, this team captain is considered old for her sport which really makes you think about what they do with all the "old" gymnasts. 

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Kerri Walsh Jennings is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Which 2016 Team USA Olympians Are You Most Proud Of?
Kerri Walsh Jennings age 39 - You guys, she's 37 and had never lost an Olympic match before Rio. 

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Simone Manuel is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Which 2016 Team USA Olympians Are You Most Proud Of?
Simone Manuel age 21 - She made history as the first African-American woman to win an individual event in swimming and she shares the 2016 Olympic record in the 100-meter freestyle with Canada's Penny Oleksiak.

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Dana Vollmer is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Which 2016 Team USA Olympians Are You Most Proud Of?
Dana Vollmer age 30 - 15 months after having her first child she won multiple Olympic medals. 

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Kim Rhode is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Which 2016 Team USA Olympians Are You Most Proud Of?
Kim Rhode age 38 - At age 37, she's one of the oldest Olympians, and she has three gold medals. 

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Kristin Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Which 2016 Team USA Olympians Are You Most Proud Of?
Kristin Armstrong age 44 - Refusing to retire after the 2012 London Olympics, she's back at age 43

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Gwen Jorgensen is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Which 2016 Team USA Olympians Are You Most Proud Of?
IanHarvey added Gwen Jorgensen age 31

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Sarah Brown is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Which 2016 Team USA Olympians Are You Most Proud Of?
Sarah Brown Sarah ran in the Olympic Trials four months after giving birth - which is nuts by the way. 

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Anthony Ervin is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Which 2016 Team USA Olympians Are You Most Proud Of?
Anthony Ervin age 36 - At 35, he's the oldest U.S. male individual Olympic swimmer since 1904.  

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Jillion Potter is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Which 2016 Team USA Olympians Are You Most Proud Of?
Jillion Potter After breaking her neck in a game against Canada in 2010, Potter returned to rugby just in time to go to the Olympic games. 

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Ibtihaj Muhammad is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Which 2016 Team USA Olympians Are You Most Proud Of?
Ibtihaj Muhammad age 32 - She's the first American woman to wear a hijab while competing in the Olympics. 

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Lopez Lomong is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Which 2016 Team USA Olympians Are You Most Proud Of?
Lopez Lomong age 32 - To think that Lomong could go from being one of the Lost Boys of Sudan to running in the Olympics is truly inspirational. 

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Chris Brooks is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Which 2016 Team USA Olympians Are You Most Proud Of?
Dalton Schmidt added Chris Brooks age 31

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Phillip Dutton is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Which 2016 Team USA Olympians Are You Most Proud Of?
Phillip Dutton age 54 - At age 52, Phillip is the oldest U.S. Olympic athlete to compete in Rio.