2. Mikaela Mayer
If you grow up in LA, learning how to box is usually your last choice, well behind getting drunk and trying crazy diets. Fortunately for Team USA, Mikaela took the road less traveled and became a certified champion. Her 132 pounds puts her in the lightweight class for women, a category she has come to dominate with five separate championship wins.
Her incredibly far reach and ability to hit out of a tight spot made her top pick for the Rio Olympics. Although bowing out in the quarter finals to a disputed decision, Mikaela remains thrilled with her achievement and is looking forward to trying it all again in four years. Now that’s the kind of dedication that makes us very proud (and a little bit scared) of her.