Represent! Final Five gymnasts Simone Biles and Gabby Douglas are just some of the female Olympians who kick butt in a new Nike ad, which was released Monday, August 22.
The clip, titled “Unlimited Pursuit,” is part of the company’s “Unlimited” campaign. In addition to Biles, 19, and Douglas, 20, it features athletes such as tennis player Serena Williams, sprinter Allyson Felix, basketball player Elena Delle Donne and paralympic triathlete Scout Bassett excelling at their sports.
“Recovering from setbacks, losses and injury, rising from obscurity and destroying obstacles to claim victory, they command the spotlight and inspire Nike to innovate to match their strength and their dreams,” Nike said of the women in a statement on its official site.
The two gymnasts and their Final Five teammates — Aly Raisman, Laurie Hernandez and Madison Kocian — won the gold medal in the women’s all-around while competing at the Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro. Biles, who carried the American flag during the closing ceremony, also became the first woman gymnast since 1974 to win four gold medals in one Olympics.
Stephen Colbert gave a shout-out to the athletes during a recent monologue on his late-night show. “The majority of those American medals were won by female athletes,” he said. “So, boys, next time somebody on the playground says you throw like a girl, say thank you.”
The Final Five opened up about the Rio Games — and how they get their rock-hard abs — in an interview with Us Weekly on Tuesday. “I do at least an hour of conditioning a day. … It’s not overnight. We’ve trained for years and years and years and years,” Raisman, 22, said. “It’s not something you just, like, eat healthy for a week, and it happens. It’s all in moderation. Like, we had pizza for lunch today.”
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