"When I get [to Rio] everything that we've been working hard for is finally going to unfold ... Because you know there's a moment where it all counts and that's the moment when you can't hold back."  – U.S. runner Tori Bowie, to PEOPLE  Athletes sound off on the competition they've spent their entire lives preparing for

"When I get [to Rio] everything that we've been working hard for is finally going to unfold ... Because you know there's a moment where it all counts and that's the moment when you can't hold back." – U.S. runner Tori Bowie, to PEOPLE Athletes sound off on the competition they've spent their entire lives preparing for

Allyson Felix of the USA wins gold in the Women's 200 Meter Final on 8/812 in London!  Olympics Day 12 - Athletics

Allyson Felix of the USA wins gold in the Women's 200 Meter Final on 8/812 in London! Olympics Day 12 - Athletics

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Gail Devers is a three-time Olympic track gold medalist, winning two gold medals in the 100m (1992 and 1996) and one in the 4X100m relay in 1996. #TitleIX

Gail Devers is a three-time Olympic track gold medalist, winning two gold medals in the 100m (1992 and 1996) and one in the 4X100m relay in 1996. #TitleIX

Jackie Joyner-Kersee. Ranked among the all-time greatest American women athletes.

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Francena McCorory, Allyson Felix, Sanya Richards-Ross and DeeDee Trotter of Team USA celebrate winning gold in the women's 4-by-400-meter relay final on Saturday. The victory gave Felix her third gold medal of the London games.

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Francena McCorory, Allyson Felix, Sanya Richards-Ross and DeeDee Trotter of Team USA celebrate winning gold in the women's 4-by-400-meter relay final on Saturday. The victory gave Felix her third gold medal of the London games.

Gabby Douglas, Artistic Gymnast (first African American to win gold in the gymnastics individual all-around at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games) Jason Kibbler (Photographer) for Teen Vogue August 2016 | Purely Inspiration

Gabby Douglas, Artistic Gymnast (first African American to win gold in the gymnastics individual all-around at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games) Jason Kibbler (Photographer) for Teen Vogue August 2016 | Purely Inspiration

Michael Phelps prepares to carry the flag for Team USA at the Opening Ceremony for the Rio Olympics August 5, 2016.

Michael Phelps prepares to carry the flag for Team USA at the Opening Ceremony for the Rio Olympics August 5, 2016.

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