Rio Olympic champions Simone Biles, Katie Ledecky and Laurie Hernandez plus Refugee Olympic team swimmer Yusra Mardini made Time magazine’s list — The 30 Most Influential Teens of 2016.
Chloe Kim, a 16-year-old U.S. snowboarder eyeing the Pyeongchang Olympics, also made the list.
Kim and Ledecky also made the 2015 list, along with New Zealand Olympic golfer Lydia Ko.
In Rio, Biles became the first female gymnast to earn four golds at a single Games since 1984. Ledecky became the second swimmer to sweep the 200m, 400m and 800m freestyles at a single Olympics. Hernandez earned gymnastics team gold and balance beam bronze two months after turning 16.
Mardini, an 18-year-old Syrian refugee, swam in Rio about one year after swimming for her life for three hours in the Aegean Sea while fleeing Damascus for Europe. She was one of 10 athletes on the Refugee Olympic team.
In 2016, Kim repeated as X Games halfpipe champion, swept the Youth Olympic halfpipe and slopestyle titles and landed back-to-back 1080s to become the first woman to score a perfect 100 in a top-level contest.
After two-time Olympic high jumper Jamie Nieto suffered a spinal cord injury while attempting a standing back flip in April 2016, he decided to set a goal for himself. Nietro was determined to walk down the aisle at his own wedding.
On Saturday, July 22, 2017, Nieto walked to the altar in front of everyone gathered at Christ Temple Apostolic Church in east San Diego – something his doctors said might not be possible.
Nieto, with some assistance, entered the church where he then married his bride, Jamaican hurdler Shevon Stoddart, exactly how he set out to – on his feet.
Five-time Olympian Kerri Walsh Jennings dislocated her shoulder during the semifinals of a beach volleyball tournament in Poland and forfeited the bronze medal match.
Walsh Jennings and new partner Nicole Branagh were tied in the third set of their match against Canada on Saturday when Walsh Jennings dove for the ball with her right arm and twisted her hand in the sand. After a four-minute delay, Canada went on to win the third set 16-14 and advance to the gold medal match.
“I just went for a short dig and the surface in Europe is so shallow and so hard and there’s no give for our bodies,” Walsh Jennings explained after the match in an interview with her shoulder wrapped in ice.
Walsh Jennings had surgery on the same shoulder during the run-up to the 2016 Rio Olympics, where she and April Ross won the bronze medal. Walsh Jennings won three gold medals with Misty May Treanor.
Walsh Jennings said she is looking forward to returning to the FIVB World Tour in Vienna in one week.