By now you’ve probably seen this picture of the U.S. men’s gymnastics team while they were in Rio. If not (or you’re just thirsty), feast your eyes on this:
Each one of them is a perfect 10 in sexiness! And furthermore, we have one of our strongest teams ever, with a legitimate shot at winning a team medal at the 2016 Olympics. We took home a silver in 2004, and then a bronze in 2008, but we sank to fifth in 2012. We’re hoping that this team of talented Greek gods will get us back on the podium in August.
But who ARE these guys, anyway? For all the buzz this picture has generated, most people outside of gymnastics have no clue who any of them are. So, we at Unicorn Booty have provided this quick meet-and-greet with some of America’s top male gymnasts. It’s important to note that these guys are not necessarily the ones who will be representing the good ‘ol red, white, and blue at the Olympics (that lengthy process starts with the US National Championships, in June). But with our cheat sheet, you’ll be able to root for your favorite hunk all the way from “Instagram hottie” to “Olympic champion,” should they make the team.
So let’s get started with the tattooed beauty on the far left, and work our way right.
Quick note: We also wanted to do a re-cap of the hot female gymnasts, but since many of the Olympic-level female gymnasts also tend to be lightweight competitors under 18, we felt a bit weird ogling them. Sorry, ladies!
Standing at a relatively tall (for a gymnast) 5′9, the Italian-American Ruggeri just missed making the London Olympics in 2012. Refocused and emboldened, he’s been a consistent force ever since, winning national medals on floor exercise, vault, and high bar, and making the 2014 and 2015 World Championship teams. He is the most heavily-tattooed member of the US national gymnastics team, although most of them remain completely covered during competition; check out his delicious Instagram page to see them all.
Chance of making the 2016 Olympics:
Solid, although he’s weak on pommel horse and the rings (two events that the US men have always struggled on).