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20 Inspiring Team USA Women You Should Be Following On Social Media

March 07, 2020, 12:01 a.m. (ET)

 

In celebration of Women of Team USA Week and March 8 being International Women's Day, we present to you 20 of the inspiring Team USA women you should follow on social media.

From Olympic cross-country skier Kikkan Randall to Paralympic track and field athlete Scout Basset, the women of Team USA have encouraged others to persevere, rise to the challenge and overcome adversity.

Among the posts below that exemplify why these athletes are good follows, 2018 Olympic ice hockey champion Hilary Knight and 2016 Olympic swimming gold medalist Olivia Smoliga reminded us all they play to inspire the next generation of Team USA stars. Para swimming medalist showed the importance of inclusion. Tennis legend Serena Williams candidly said that her young daughter keeps her motivated to continue competing at the highest level.

Follow these stars and more as Team USA's women continue to inspire and progress the movements forward.

Download the Team USA app today to keep up with all your favorite sports, plus access to videos, Olympic and Paralympic team bios, and more.

 

Scout Bassett, Para Track & Field

 

 

 

Sue Bird, Basketball

 

 

 

Kate Courtney, Cycling 

 

 

Allyson Felix, Track & Field 

 

 

 

Adeline Gray, Wrestling

 

 

I want to give a shout out to one of the women that inspire me to be better in all areas of my life, @tatyanamcfaddenusa. She just qualified for her 6th Para Olympic team. She has more medals and major race wins then I can count but more than that she has taken the time to encourage me to do and be more. She may not know the power her words had on me but I was struggling to decide if I wanted to do grad school while balancing a winning wrestling career & having a life with my husband. She told me we do more because we can. I was really questioning if it was worth it, if I was smart enough, if I had the time management skills? All these reasons not to do it and words from a few key athletes like Tatyana @elanameyerstaylor and @karathrowsjav and @emmanuel_corvera that helped me make my decision to balance wrestling and going back to school. Congrats to these smart & talented people and thank you for your efforts. . To everyone lacking motivation find your drive by finding people that inspire you. It just takes a little timing and you being open and willing enough to hear what you need. . . . . . #teamusa #inspired #domore #bebetter #biteoffmorethanyoucanchew #timemanagement #graytogold #womeninsport #listen #timingiseverything #makeitwork

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Laurie Hernandez, Gymnastics

 

 

 

Hillary Knight, Ice Hockey

 

 

 

Kaleo Kanahele Maclay, Sitting Volleyball

 

 

Haylie McCleney, Softball

 

 

Carissa Moore, Surfing 

 

 

Colleen Quigley, Track & Field 

 

 

 

Brooke Raboutou, Climbing

 

Two little kids with big dreams🤩 • Watching on the side lines of the Pan-American Championships was very stressful, exciting and humbling. Every athlete worked so hard this past year so they could perform their best at this competition and walk away with the gold medal and their ticket to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. In the end with a very close, gut wrenching final, Colin Duffy was standing atop the podium and will be joining myself, @kyra_condie and @nathaniel.coleman in Tokyo this summer completing the US team. I’m so proud of his hard work and grit and I am beyond grateful to be apart of @teamabcclimbing with him. Without the community and coaches on ABC, as well as the US coaches, we wouldn’t be where we are today. Thank you to everyone who has supported us and helped our dreams become a reality!

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I’ve been thinking a lot about this past year and what qualifying for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics means to me. • Before my success at the World Championships, there was a lot of uncertainty. The question “Am I strong enough?” often worked its way into my mind. Without believing it’s hard to focus and nearly impossible to perform to your capability. There wasn’t a single World Cup this year where I was close to satisfied with my performance. With the help of my beloved parents I realized that it wasn’t my physical strength that was lacking, but my mind that was elsewhere. Listening to their wisdom from their many years of high level competition, I am learning how much power the mind has over performance. • At world champs I was able to clear my mind and truly enjoy myself, which lead to some climbing I can say I’m proud of. I still can’t say I’m fully satisfied with my performance in Tokyo, but I’ll be back. Qualifying for Tokyo 2020 means that I get another chance to push my limits, both physically and mentally, all while representing my country. Thank you to all who have believed in me, especially good ol’ mom and dad❤️ @robyn_erbesfield_raboutou @didieraboutou I can’t wait for this new journey🥰 📸: @breezy0811

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Kikkan Randall, Cross-Country Skiing

 

 

 

Olivia Smoliga, Swimming

 

 

Oksana Masters, Para-cycling & Para Nordic Skiing

 

 

 

Tamyra Mensah-Stock, Wrestling

 

 

Melissa Stockwell, Paratriathlon

 

 

 

Elana Meyers Taylor, Bobsled

 

 

 

Mallory Weggemann, Para Swimming 

 

 

I have been at the Olympic & Paralympic Training Center this week with my #TeamUSA teammates and I am reminded by the enormity of what this year brings - we are now officially in a Games year. Even more than that, I am nearing the final stages of my long term road map I laid out when I returned home from Rio. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ You see, Tokyo has been a goal since the minute I landed back in the States from Rio - I knew I wanted more, I knew I had more to give and I knew I wasn’t ready to end my athletic career. So I laid out my road map, one that definitely had a few set backs, one that for a few years my short term goals were very basic - some as simple as getting back to dressing myself again and building the strength to independently wheel myself, but as tedious as those goals may have felt I know that they have all built on one another and each one has put me one step closer to my final goal, Tokyo 2020. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Now, this journey isn’t over yet but as we inch closer to this summer I am reminded that goals are only as good as the plans we put in place to achieve them. Our roadmaps might face detours, we might have to adjust our plan but if we aren’t willing to turn our goal setting into action, we will never achieve them - they will simply live on as the ambitious dream we once had or that great idea we never acted on. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Goal setting can be daunting - sometimes even discouraging, but when we break it down into steps, no matter how seemingly small and tedious those steps may seem - they will build, one on top of the other and eventually we will look back and see not only how far we have come but we will realize that our daunting goal, that ambitious dream has become our reality. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ This roadmap has been messy - I have been forced to adjust, adapt and take detours that were less than desirable, but what I have learned along the way is that no matter how challenging it gets we must not allow ourselves to completely throw in the towel. We must stay steadfast and trust the process - we just have to continue to show up, day in and day out.

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Serena Williams, Tennis

 

 

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