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21 Times This Year's U.S. Olympic Women's Gymnasts Were Straight-Up Superheroes

Not all heroes wear capes.

This year’s women’s gymnastics team will make you believe superheroes literally walk among us. Like, they can basically fly. It’s not normal. The only possible explanation is that they’re superhuman.

Don’t believe us? Well, we have plenty of ~gymspirational~ evidence to back up our claims.

  • 1 When Simone Biles performed this mind-boggling sorcery.
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  • 2 When Gabby Douglas casually did this upside-down split thingy like it was no big deal.
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  • 3 When Madison Kocian straight-up touched the back of her head WITH HER FOOT. HOLY CRAP.
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  • 4 When Aly Raisman demonstrated that walking in a straight line is so pointless when you can just handspring to your destination.
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  • 5 When someone called Simone's name and she flipped around like, "Who? Me?"
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  • 6 When Gabby proved that being little spoon is so much cooler when you're in the air.
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  • 7 When Madison got everyone to play limbo at her party, but she was so good, it was unfair.
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  • 8 When Aly chilled out and took a seat ... FLOATING UPSIDE DOWN. BECAUSE SHE IS A WIZARD.
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  • 9 When Simone was told to take a seat and was like, "OK!" and then snapped into this magnificent pose.
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  • 10 When Aly walked into the club and danced so gloriously only an actual goddess could possibly move like that.
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  • 11 When Aly felt cold and wrapped her arms around herself for warmth, you know ... the way normal people do. EXCEPT NOT. HOLY COW.
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  • 12 When Simone pretty much DEFIED GRAVITY UPSIDE DOWN.
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  • 13 When Laurie Hernandez didn't want to step in a puddle and nonchalantly jumped over it like it was nothing.
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  • 14 When Simone cannonballed into the pool like a goddamn pro.
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  • 15 When Madison saw a lucky penny on the ground and casually swept down to pick it up.
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  • 16 When Aly's entire body became a human spear.
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  • 17 When everyone was all, "It's a bird! It's a plane! No, it's Madison!"
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  • 18 When Gabby played on the monkey bars at the playground and every single human on earth stopped to watch.
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  • 19 When Simone went stargazing and glanced up at the sky in the most superhuman way possible.
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  • 20 When Aly was totally blasé when she dropped something on the floor.
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  • 21 When Gabby lay down and took the FIERCEST nap ever known to man.
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So watch out, Rio. These ladies have superpowers and they aren’t afraid to use them.

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