These Baby Pictures Of USA Olympic Stars Are Just Too Much
These adorable babies also happen to be Olympic athletes.
As is to be expected, your favorite stars of Team USA were pretty freaking adorable as babies and tots.
Before Simone Biles was the most decorated female gymnast in history, before she had the chance to become the most decorated Olympic gymnast, before she won gold in the women’s team all-around competition, Biles was even smaller and cuter than she is now:
You might not recognize her from this picture, but this smush face belongs to two-time Olympic team all-around and 2012 individual all-around gymnastics gold medalist Gabby Douglas.
And here’s adorable smiling baby Aly Raisman.
Serena and Venus Williams may be out of the running for the gold medal in doubles tennis, but the two are a pretty dynamic duo – and have been since they were tiny.
Who knew this baby would grow up to trade his pacifier in for grills? Young, innocent Ryan Lochte in the days before winning gold medals and yelling “jeah!”
Katie Ledecky has been slaying in the 2016 Rio Olympics – and international competition before that. In her first individual event in Rio, the 400m freestyle, Ledecky won the event with a world record time and then went on to win another gold medal in the 200m freestyle. She’s been rocking her personalized swim caps during the Games, but did you know she also looks incredible in a hat?
Despite getting taken out before the semifinals, U.S. fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad made history by becoming the first American to wear a hijab during Olympic competition. She spoke to the Associated Press in Rio about her controversial decision, saying, "I feel like this is a great opportunity and a great moment for Team USA to even be more diverse than we have in the past.” But before she became an advocate for diversity and acceptance in the Games, Ibtihaj was an adorable tiny:
The #1 ranked wrestler in the world at 74kg and 2012 Olympic gold medalist Jordan Burroughs is admittedly photogenic now, but he’s nowhere near as cute as he was a child.
Even before he was the first overall pick for the 2011 NBA draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers, before he played for Duke University, USA basketball star Kyrie Irving had “A lot of ups and downs… that have helped me understand life as a whole.”
One of the big shots on the U.S. women’s national basketball team, Brittney Griner was a two-time Associated Press Player of the Year in college and winner of the 2012 NCAA championships, and a pretty adorable toddler.
Finally, here’s future Olympic star Boomer Phelps, a shoo-in for the 2032 men’s national swimming team. Boomer has already stolen the show from dad and 20-time Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps, and don’t expect him to give it back anytime soon: the kid already has close to 200 thousand twitter followers.
Can’t get enough adorable Olympic baby cuteness? Watch this insanely cute video of “future Olympians” from Fatherly.com.
Catch even more Kodak moments by following the 2016 Rio Olympic games in real time by live streaming the games:
How to Live Stream the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics
NBCUniversal’s networks and digital platforms will be showing nearly 7,000 hours of programing over 19 days during the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics. NBCOlympics.com and the NBC Sports app will also live stream coverage of the Games for pay TV subscribers via TV Everywhere. You can download the NBC Sports app to your Android TV, Apple TV, Xbox or Roku or use the iOS, Android or Windows Phone apps.
You can also live stream Olympic matches from NBC here.
Additional reporting by Peter Slattery.