|L to R: Gabby Douglas, Laurie Hernandez, Simone Biles|
But What about the Brown Girls?
If you're not paying attention to elite artistic gymnastics right now...I don't know what you're doing with your life. 2016 is not only the Blackest year ever, it's the Brownest.
Follow along, good people.
America is sending the Dream Team to the 2016 Olympics in Rio, which just so happens to include history-making Olympian Gabby Douglas, the inimitable Simone Biles herself, and senior newcomer Laurie Hernandez.
I know y'all remember Laurie Hernandez.
And it's not just the Americans. While British gymnast Becky Downie has represented Great Britain before, her younger sister Ellie joins her this time around. Ellie in particular has been in great form this season, and together the Downie sisters pose a double threat.
|Becky & Ellie Downie|
Last but not least, Marisa Dick will be the first gymnast to represent Trinidad and Tobago at the Olympics. Her fellow Trinidadians would prefer if the Canadian-born mixie wasn't going, and would rather have Trinidadian native Thema Williams go instead, but they could send only one and Marisa got the gig.
She's known for performing the Dick (mounting the balance beam by landing a split), and she's so talented and confident on the beam that I think she's got good a shot at Olympic gold.
I'm telling you...my inner teenager is screaming right now. It's about to go down next month, and I'll be happy if any of these ladies goes home weighed down with Olympic gold. #Represent
Leo the P has kindly pointed out that I neglected to mention Toni Ann Williams, who will be the first female gymnast to represent Jamaica. I don't know how I could have missed her, 'cause y'all...this is woman is no joke.