Fierce females are dominating the Olympics in Rio – not only in medal count but in flawless performance and execution. While we have a thing or two to say about the caliber of broadcast commentary on female competitors (Refinery29 is a great mouthpiece for this), our focus is on celebrating these aspirational women, the many reasons we love them and daydreaming what their Hey! Vina 5 emojis might be.
Swiping right on these vinas:
SIMONE BILES – GYMNASTICS
What her 5 emojis might be: 🙌🏾💪🏾👯🏅💯
Commentators once called her the Serena Williams of gymnastics. Even the folks at Quartz philosophized whether engineered robots can outscore Simone Biles, since no competitor comes close. What we really love about this 17-year-old American prodigy is that she is a role model for a new generation of American girls who believe that gymnastics can be for anyone.
KERRI WALSH JENNINGS – BEACH VOLLEYBALL
What her 5 emojis might be: 🏐👋🏻🏖😎🇺🇸
Um, it took Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross only two sets and under 40 minutes to finish the game against China this week. As a three-time gold medalist at 37, this beach volleyball athlete doesn’t believe in slowing down. Kerri Walsh Jennings is the mentor vina to aspire to and learn from. She doesn’t allow for age to be a mental or physical limitation, which is dangerous in a sport dominated by 20-somethings.
IBTIHAJ MUHAMMAD – FENCING
What her emojis might be: 💅🏾🗡🕶🙏🏾👑
What’s not to love about Ibtihaj? As the no. 2 fencer in the U.S. and no. 12 in the world, her exceptional talent in the sport is a given, but she is redefining the Olympic identity as the first U.S. athlete to compete in a hijab. Plus, she has fenced with Michelle Obama (with foam sabers) and has a fierce nail game on Instagram.
MAYA DIRADO – SWIMMING
What her emojis might be: 😆🏊🏡💼💸
For those seeking a level-headed vina with a wide array of talents, Maya DiRado is your gal. Abundantly gifted with two medals in Rio at 23, she could have a long career in swimming, but is retiring after this year’s games. Maya is looking to pursue a life outside of the Olympic pool. With a job at consulting firm McKinsey and Company and a new home waiting for her in Atlanta, she is really good at making her dreams come true.
FLÁVIA SARAIVA – GYMNASTICS
What her emojis might be: 💃🌺🌼🙋🏽🔥
Our internet consumption lives and breathes gymnastics during Olympics season, so it felt appropriate to top off this list with a small and mighty vina who has won the hearts of a big host country. This 4’4” Brazilian gymnast is a powerhouse beam and floor performer whose spirited routines have made her a household name. Active on Instagram and Snapchat, the flower crown filter is a clear favorite – but really, whose isn’t? Her mantra is nunca desista, or never give up.
(Featured image via si.com)