The 2016 Summer Olympics are right around the corner, but 19-year-old gymnast Simone Biles is already making history. She's won four consecutive U.S. women’s gymnastics championships, making her the first woman to do so in more than 40 years. While she's busy training for Rio, she managed to squeeze in yet another feat — landing the cover of Teen Vogue.
Wearing matching Nike leggings and sports bra, Simone poses on one of two covers for August. And despite being a gymnastics powerhouse, Simone isn't safe from the havoc of internet trolls who have critiqued everything from the build of her body to her skin color, with Italian gymnast Carlotta Ferlito notoriously saying, "Next time we should also paint our skin black, so we can win too." But it didn't get to Simone.
"It went viral, but it didn’t bother me one bit,” she told the mag. "I guess I just have really tough skin. I was like, whatever."
Olympian veteran and fellow August cover girl Gabby Douglas has also learned to rise above her critics after being under the exact same scrutiny during her historic time at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.
"It was very tough. Sometimes I would be in the bathroom, bawling my eyes out, wanting to quit," 20-year-old Gabby said. "I felt like I was all alone. But when I came through it, I felt as if I could overcome anything."
Now in 2016, Gabby is hoping to repeat her success in Rio alongside Simone, and we personally can't wait to cheer them on.