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.
Scout Bassett, Para Track & Field
PROUD. 🇺🇸❤️ https://t.co/nB2g8G0lXX— Scout Bassett (@ScoutBassett) August 28, 2019
Sue Bird, Basketball
Kate Courtney, Cycling
Allyson Felix, Track & Field
Getting Cammy use to this track life! pic.twitter.com/Q8sJMeQ2ng— Allyson Felix (@allysonfelix) October 3, 2019
I’ve run a ton of races. I’ve gone to many finals, but today is different. Today I race for W O M E N. Because we all have to overcome. So, here’s to strong women everywhere. Let’s never forget our worth & always know our value. We are more than enough. Never stop fighting💪🏾 pic.twitter.com/wUhSPdqfp0— Allyson Felix (@allysonfelix) July 27, 2019
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
Laurie Hernandez, Gymnastics
my heart😭♥️ look at her go!! https://t.co/NEt2Isi3am— Laurie Hernandez (@LaurieHernandez) March 3, 2020
Hillary Knight, Ice Hockey
Omg we are just 1 year out from the summer games! Wishing all of our fellow @TeamUSA athletes best of luck and thank you for representing our country!! #TokyoOlympics @NBCOlympics pic.twitter.com/gfQqO1uPIt— Hilary Knight (@HilaryKnight) July 23, 2019
This is for her. https://t.co/M26WUeNwJW— Hilary Knight (@HilaryKnight) March 1, 2020
Kaleo Kanahele Maclay, Sitting Volleyball
Haylie McCleney, Softball
Carissa Moore, Surfing
Colleen Quigley, Track & Field
Always an honor to have the opportunity to tell my story and to give credit to those people along the way who changed the course of my life. Coach Harvey is one of those people and I’ll always be grateful. 🙏🏻 https://t.co/NayyAoFKHl— Colleen Quigley (@steeple_squigs) December 14, 2019
Yesterday we had more women in our group than we had reps on the track. And we had 8xmile! #girlgang stronger than ever over here. I did the first rep in the back of the group and looked up as we went around the corner, admiring the women I have chose to surround myself with and taking a minute to appreciate the sheer depth of the #BowermanBabes. It’s Sunday- What are you grateful for? 🙏🏻 #sundaygratitude #thankfulforyou #bowermantc
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!
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
Kikkan Randall, Cross-Country Skiing
"It's about having a positive mindset, it's about having a great team of people around you."— Olympic Channel (@olympicchannel) February 4, 2020
Olympic cross-country champion @kikkanimal on how sporting mentality helped her in overcoming cancer.
More here: https://t.co/QDfBllGCa3@teamusa #WorldCancerDay #worldcancerday2020 pic.twitter.com/GGo2oAKwQq
Olivia Smoliga, Swimming
Oksana Masters, Para-cycling & Para Nordic Skiing
The next generation of bad a$$e$ have arrived!!!! Racing Nationals at the end of a loooong training week on the bike is brutal, but racing side by side with @lera_0415 & @onearmeddan makes my day!!! These girls are my motivation and the future who just like me, got started skiing at the @thehartford ski spec. 💕 ❄️. #abilityequipped
Tamyra Mensah-Stock, Wrestling
Today I told someone I am an #Olympic style wrestler and they were so shocked!— Mensahtamyrastock (@MensahTamStock) February 20, 2020
They said "no way that is is cool! I thought you volunteered at soup kitchens for a living!" I asked why on earth she would think that, and she said "because if what your wearing..." pic.twitter.com/dfrF9p0hVp
Melissa Stockwell, Paratriathlon
Such an honor to receive the General Douglas MacArthur award from the US Olympic Endowment yesterday. Congrats to the other award recipients, @JJoynerKersee & Anita DeFrantz, I hope to someday have a list of such notable accomplishments as both of you do! pic.twitter.com/bnUEhuIt1Y— Melissa Stockwell (@MStockwell01) December 13, 2019
Somehow race season is upon us and mine is starting this Saturday at the @worldtriathlon series in Davenport, Australia. The first race of a season that will hopefully end in Tokyo at the @usparalympics. All the races this year are big ones and need to go well. But it doesn’t make leaving my family any easier and it’s a reminder of how much goes into trying to make this dream a reality. I know my family is with me in spirit but I’ll hold onto these moments to help get me through. And how lucky am I to be out there livin. Let’s never forget that. ❤️🇺🇸 #thisonesforKatie
Elana Meyers Taylor, Bobsled
Nicholas, aka Nico, Mommy & Daddy love you very much 💙 In true Meyers Taylor fashion our baby boy is already showing how much of a fighter he is! 🥊 Even though our champ started over 8lbs, he’s in the NICU but he’s strong and getting better every moment. We love you Nico! pic.twitter.com/IWMO0kAvIC— Elana Meyers Taylor OLY (@eamslider24) February 23, 2020
Mallory Weggemann, Para Swimming
Today history was made as the United States Olympic Committee was renamed to the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee. Inclusion matters and today the #USOPC took a stand to show we truly are #OneTeam and all #TeamUSA athletes are valued as equals! #ProudParalympian https://t.co/fCjDiubdxT— Mallory Weggemann (@malloryweggeman) June 21, 2019
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.
Serena Williams, Tennis
#ThisMama tries to spend as much time with @olympiaohanian as possible. She keeps me going especially during tournaments. Although the popcorn machine has her attention here, I know she's watching and learning to see how I persevere in challenging and rewarding moments. #ThisMama keeps going, how do you?