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9 Team USA Athletes Named To Forbes' 30 Under 30 Class Of 2017

By Darci Miller | Jan. 03, 2017, 2:26 p.m. (ET)

Simone Biles poses for a portrait at the 2016 Team USA Media Summit at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on March 7, 2016 in Beverly Hills, Calif.

Honoring America’s top game-changers, the 30 Under 30 Class of 2017 has been announced by Forbes and features nine Team USA athletes among its ranks.

Forbes has been compiling annual 30 Under 30 lists since 2012, and 2017 was its most competitive year to date: over 15,000 nominations were received for 600 spots across 20 categories. Team USA makes up nearly a third of the Sports category that features stars from both the athletic and business side of the industry.

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Here are the Team USA honorees:

Simone Biles, one of the youngest honorees at just 19, won five medals at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, four of them gold. With her 10 world championship medals, she became one of the most decorated gymnasts of all time.

Elena Delle Donne appeared at her first Olympic Games in Rio, where she took gold with the U.S. women’s basketball team. She was the 2015 WNBA MVP, a three-time All Star and a two-time First Team honoree.

Draymond Green followed up his 2015 NBA championship with his first Olympic gold medal in Rio. Also in 2016, he was an NBA Western Conference All-Star, was named to the NBA All-Defensive First Team and, despite losing the series, scored 32 points in Game 7 of the NBA Finals.

Kyrie Irving had a banner 2016 season, winning his first NBA Championship to end a 52-year championship drought in Cleveland (scoring 41 points in Game 5 to keep the series alive) and following that up with his first Olympic gold medal.

Patrick Kane is one of the faces of U.S. ice hockey and only solidified that reputation with his stellar 2016 campaign. He reached the 40-goal mark for the first time in his NHL career and became the first U.S. player in 20 years to score 100 points, winning both the Hart Memorial Trophy and the Art Ross Trophy.

Chloe Kim, just 16 years old, has been tearing up the halfpipe against competitors twice her age. She won gold in both halfpipe and slopestyle snowboarding at the Lillehammer 2016 Winter Youth Olympic Games, part of a campaign of seven consecutive victories, also becoming the first woman ever to earn a perfect score.

Sydney Leroux sat out much of the 2016 season to have a baby but is one of the top women’s soccer players in the world, winning the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup and a gold medal at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Tatyana McFadden solidified her legacy as the top Paralympic marathoner in the world as she completed her fourth straight sweep of the marathon majors. She also dominated the track at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, winning four gold medals in addition to two silvers to bring her career Paralympic medal total up to 17.

Shakur Stevenson is a rising star for USA Boxing: his silver medal in Rio was the best finish for any U.S. men's boxer since 2004. He and his 23-1 amateur record turned professional after his Olympic debut, signing with 2004 Olympic champion Andre Ward.

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Simone Biles

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Elena Delle Donne

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Draymond Green

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Kyrie Irving

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Patrick Kane

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Chloe Kim

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Sydney Leroux

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Tatyana McFadden

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Shakur Stevenson