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10 Badass Female Olympians You Should Be Following

Let's just put it out there: We have an insane amount of respect for Rio stars like Katie Ledecky, Simone Biles and Allyson Felix. Seriously, our ladies are slaying in the pool, in the gym, and on the track. But away from the prime-time lights, there are even more superwomen who have been making Team USA—and the female gender in general—crazy proud. Here are more of the stars you should know, from weightlifting to judo.

1. Michelle Carter (Shot Put)

 

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America's @ShotDiva won our hearts—and our respect—by smashing the American record and ousting New Zealand's reigning champ in shot put.

2. Helen Maroulis (Wrestling)

 

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Maroulis earned the USA its first Olympic gold in women's wrestling, toppling three-time gold medal winner Yoshida of Japan.

3. Kristin Armstrong (Cycling) 

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After fighting through the rain, a heavy nosebleed, and tough competition, the 43-year-old cyclist finished her race and collapsed in exhaustion after winning gold.

4. Virginia Thrasher (Shooting)

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Ginny Thrasher took home the gold in women's 10-meter air rifle. The sharpshooter was in good company, as Corey Cogdell-Unrein repeated her bronze in women's trap and Kim Rhode earned Team USA's very first medal in women's skeet.

5. Sarah Robles (Weightlifting)

 

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Robles won bronze for Team USA, the country's first weightlifting medal in 16 years. (Here are 5 things you need to know about the weighlifting badass, and why she just inspired a weighlifting movement.)

6. Kayla Harrison (Judo)

 

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Harrison is the first American to earn two gold medals in judo with her Rio win. Her armbar submission made her opponent tap out and, well, we'd certainly do the same in that situation.

7. Team USA Cycling

 

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Sarah Hammer won her fourth career silver Olympic medal, and the whole team pulled in a silver for the women's team pursuit.

8. Claressa Shields (Boxing)

She already has the USA's first women's Olympic gold in boxing, and will compete for a repeat this weekend.

9. Ibtihaj Muhammad (Fencing)

 

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Muhammad and the fencing team took home the bronze in sabre fencing.

10. The entire U.S. Rowing Team

 

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The rowing team took home gold in women's boxed 8, plus a silver in single sculls from Gevvie Stone.