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U.S. athletes poised for first taste of Olympic gold in Rio

Simone Biles, the new face of U.S. gymnastics,

Simone Biles, the new face of U.S. gymnastics, is poised to win several gold medals in Rio. Photo Credit: Getty Images/Ezra Shaw

Every Olympics introduces new rising stars to the world stage. Here are three first-time U.S. Olympians who are favored to win big in Rio.

Simone Biles

Biles enters the Games as the new face of U.S. gymnastics. The 19-year-old has won 10 gold medals (14 overall) over the last three world championships. She could bring home Olympic gold in the all-around, floor exercise, vault and balance beam, as well as help the U.S. to victory as a team.

Kyle Snyder

At age 19, Snyder became the youngest in U.S. history to earn a world title at the Senior World Championships last year. The current Ohio State Buckeye, now 20, is coming off an NCAA heavyweight championship in March. He’s got a good chance to win the men’s 97-kg freestyle weight class in Rio.

Dalilah Muhammad

Hailing from Bayside, Queens, Muhammad is a favorite to win the women’s 400-meter hurdle event. After falling short of qualifying for the 2012 Games in London, Muhammad set a U.S. Olympics Team Trials record in the final with a time of 52.88 — the top time in the world in 2016.


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