It’s Day 5 of the 2016 Olympics in Rio and Team USA is in the lead with 27 medals, 10 of which are gold. Team USA didn't just show up; they came to win, but it takes a lot of motivation to train for years at the world's highest level and then compete under such stressful conditions. Here’s what the “Final Five” US Women’s Olympic team athletes Aly Raisman, Gabby Douglas, Madison Kocian, Laurie Hernandez and Simone Biles do to motivate themselves for the tough competition:


For many Olympians, it’s the gratitude toward their coaches, family, and friends whose sacrifices helped them achieve their dreams that keeps them motivated. Gabby Douglas told Christianity Today that as a young child, she and her family were homeless and often had to eat off the floor off napkins. Remembering how far she and her family have come helps to push her when she feels that she may want to call it a day.

“It was my motivation to accomplish my dreams. My family and I had to overcome a lot to get where we are today,” explained Douglas.


Simone Biles and Madison Kocian use loud pop music to help get motivated and in the zone to compete.

“To get pumped in the morning, I blast music,” Biles told US Magazine. “I highly recommend it if you need motivation.”

Biles cites that some of her favorite music to listen to includes Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, and of course Selena Gomez, Pop Sugar reported. Kocian, on the other hand, prefers country music to get her going.

“While training I like to listen to something upbeat, like pop music,” Kocian told NBC. “My go-to songs on a daily basis, outside of the gym, include Carrie Underwood and country music.”


Gabby Douglas cited her faith as what keeps her motivated to always keep going, Christianity Today reported.

When asked what it was like to win her first Olympic gold in women’s gymnastics, Douglas told a reporter: "I give all the glory to God. It's kind of a win-win situation. The glory goes up to him and the blessings fall down on me."

In addition, Simone Biles also focuses on her faith to keep her going through tough training and competition and told US Weekly that she likes to travel with a small statue of St. Sebastian, the patron saint of athletes.


For “human emoji” Laurie Hernandez, it has always been her ultimate goal of one day making it to the Olympics that motivated her to keep going through years of strenuous training.

“I started a gymnastics class at five years old, but it became serious at seven,” Hernandez told NBC. “A goal of making it to the Olympic Games has motivated me to work very hard in my sport.”

Light At The End Of The Tunnel

Alyson Raisman cites that setting goals and remembering the light at the end of the tunnel can help to keep her motivated and focused when the training and competition gets especially tough.

“One thing is for sure: As soon as I have a few days to myself post-Rio, I'm going on vacation,” Raisman told ESPN. “As ultimately rewarding as the Olympic trials process is, knowing that it comes to an end is also a great comfort!”

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