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Meet Our #TeamWSF Rio Olympians

Olympic year is finally here and the Women’s Sports Foundation (WSF) is excited to celebrate and share the list of our amazing and talented athletes that will be competing in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Members of #TeamWSF include Travel & Training Fund recipients, Rusty Kanokogi grant recipients and WSF leadership athletes.

Throughout the Olympics we will feature these accomplished women here as well as across our social media channels so be sure to follow along and support their journey to gold!

Introducing #TeamWSF

Abby Johnston will be competing for the U.S diving team. She is from Upper Arlington, Ohio and is recipient of the Travel & Training Fund. She was also a gymnast for nine years but had to quit due to back injury. She began medical school at Duke in 2014.

Follow her journey on Twitter @AbbyLJohnston

Allison Schmitt will be competing for the U.S swim team. She is from Canton, Mich. and is a 2016 recipient of the Travel & Training Fund. She got started swimming by following her sister and enjoys scrapbooking. Schmitt will be representing Team USA Swimming as a captain at this year’s Olympic Games.

Follow her journey on Twitter @arschmitty

Amy Cozad will be competing for the U.S diving team. She is from Indianapolis, Ind and is a recipient of the Travel & Training Fund. Her aunt got her involved in diving lessons at age 11 and she is engaged to her high school sweetheart.

Follow her journey on Twitter @Amy_D_Cozad

Angelica Delgado will be competing for the U.S. Judo under 52kg category. She is from Miami, Fla and is a recipient of the Rusty Kanokogi Fund. She began Judo at the age of nine and hopes to become the first Hispanic-American to win gold in her category at the Rio Olympics.

Follow her journey on Twitter @Angiedelgado52

Anita Alvarez will be heading to Rio as a part of the U.S. synchronized team. She is from Kenmore, N.Y and is a 2016 recipient of the Travel & Training Fund. She likes to binge watch Grey’s Anatomy and has a hidden talent of speed walking.

Follow her journey on Twitter @anitaaalvarez25

Annie Haeger and Briana Provancha will be heading to Rio as a part of the Sailing women’s 470 team. Annie Haeger is from East Troy, Wis. and Briana Provancha is from San Diego, Calif. They received a Travel & Training Fundgrant as a team. Annie began sailing at the age of 5 and is only the second woman in history to be awarded Co-ed All American status. Brianna met teammate Annie Haeger at ISAF Youth World in 2007 in Canada and Graduated BC with a Bachelor of Science in Marketing.

Follow their journey on Twitter @AnniekateH and @teamhp470

Cierra Runge will be competing for the U.S swim team. She is from Cochranville, Pa. and is recipient of the Travel & Training Fund. She was inspired to become a swimmer when watching the Olympics as a four-year-old and is a versatile freestyle swimmer.

Follow her journey on Twitter @CierraRunge

Claressa Shields will be competing for the U.S in the middleweight category for boxing. She is from Flint, MI and is a recipient of the Travel & Training Fund as USA Women’s Boxing National Team received a grant. At the age of 11 she began boxing and is the first American woman to win Olympic Gold in boxing.

Follow her journey on Twitter @Claressashields

Elizabeth Beisel will be competing for the U.S swim team. She is from Saunderstown, R.I. and is recipient of the Travel & Training Fund. At the age of 15, she was the youngest member of the swim team at the Beijing 2008 Olympics. Post swimming, she would like to pursue a career in media. Biesel will be representing Team USA Swimming as a captain at this year’s Olympic Games.

Follow her journey on Twitter @ebeisel34

Ellen Tomek will be heading to Rio as a part of the rowing team in the double sculls category. She is from Flushing, Mich and is recipient of the Travel & Training Fund. She began rowing at University of Michigan in 2002 and has a background in personal training/fitness instruction/program management.

Follow her journey on Twitter @ellen.tomek

Gabby Douglas will be competing for the U.S. as a member of the gymnastics team. She is from Los Angeles, Calif and is not only a recipient of the Travel & Training Fund but also a recipient of the Sportswoman of the Year Award. She is the first woman of color and the first African-American gymnast in Olympic history to win the Individual All-Around and team competitions at the same Olympic Games and has written two books.

Follow her journey on Twitter @gabrielledoug

Gevvie Stone will be heading to Rio as a part of the rowing team in the single sculls category. She is from Newton, Mass and is recipient of the Travel & Training Fund. She was born to parents who were top American Olympic scullers and continued to attend medical school while training for the Olympics.

Follow her journey on Twitter @gevgevs

Gwen Berry Melville will be competing for the U.S track and field team in the hammer throw. She is from St. Louis, Mo. and is recipient of the Travel & Training Fund. She is aiming to become one of the first female hammer throwers from the USA to win an Olympic and World Championship medal.

Follow her journey on Twitter @BeRRy_EDible

Ibtihaj Muhammad will be competing for the U.S. as a member of the fencing team. She is from Maplewood, NJ and is recipient of the Travel & Training Fund. She became the first American athlete to wear a hijab and earned a spot on Time’s 100 Most Influential People of 2016 list.

Follow her journey on Twitter @ibtihajmuhammad

Kayla Harrison will be competing for the U.S. Judo 78kg category. She is from Middletown, Ohio and a recipient of the Rusty Kanokogi Fund. She won the first gold medal by any American man or woman in the history of the sport of Judo and has created the Fearless Foundation.

Follow her journey on Twitter @Judo_Kayla

Kristi Castlin will be competing for the U.S track and field team in the 100 hurdles. She is from Atlanta, Ga. and is a recipient of the Travel & Training Fund. Castlin concluded her college career in 2010 as a seven-time All-American and at Virginia Tech.

Follow her journey on Twitter @KristiHollywood

Maggie Hogan will be going to Rio as a member of Canoe team. She is from Huntington Beach, Calif and is recipient of the Travel & Training Fund. She sees her entire family as her heroes and began the sport of canoe through surf lifesaving.

Follow her journey on Twitter @maggs1179

Maria Michta will be competing for the U.S track and field team as a racewalker. She is from Nesconset, N.Y. and is recipient of the Travel & Training Fund. Her Motto is Dream, Believe, Become.

Follow her journey on Twitter @MariaMichta

Marion Lepert will be heading to Rio as a part of the Sailing women’s team. She is from Belmont, Calif. and is recipient of the Travel & Training Fund. Her dad taught her how to windsurf and she began dreaming of going to the Olympics in 2013 when she competed in her first RS:X regatta.

Follow her journey on Twitter @ussailing

Meghan O’Leary will be heading to Rio as a part of the rowing team in the double sculls category. She is from Baton Rouge, La and is a recipient of theTravel & Training Fund. She first picked up rowing in 2010 and was a two sport varsity athlete in softball and volleyball at the University of Virginia.

Follow her journey on Twitter @MeghanOLeary1

Mikaela Mayer is a member of the boxing lightweight class that will be competing for the U.S. Mikaela is from West Hills, CA and is a recipient of theTravel & Training Fund, as USA Women’s Boxing National Team received a grant. At the age of 17, she decided to try something new and signed up for boxing, since then she has been competing around the globe.

Follow her journey on Twitter @ MikaelaMayer1

Miranda Melville will be competing for the U.S track and field team as a racewalker. She is from Rochester, N.Y. and is recipient of the Travel & Training Fund. She hopes to pursue a Ph.D. in the field of Child Developmental Psychology.

Follow her journey on Twitter @MirandaRaceWalk

Tamika Catchings will be heading to Rio as a part of the U.S. Basketball team. Tamika is from Stratford, New Jersey and is on the WSF Board of Trustees. In the 7th grade she decided she was going to play for the NBA. Her top three priorities in life include faith, basketball, and family.

Follow her journey on Twitter @Catchin24

The USA Women’s Water Polo Team will be heading to Rio ready to defend their title. They are a recipient of the Travel & Training Fund. They are also the reigning Olympic and World champions and are the only team to medal in every Olympics since women’s water polo was added to the competition program in 2000.

Follow their journey on Twitter @USAWP