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Meet the Female Athletes Who Are Making Their Olympic Debuts in Rio

They are all ready for the life-changing experience.

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Meet the Female Athletes Who Are Making Their Olympic Debuts in Rio

They are all ready for the life-changing experience.

During the Rio Olympic Games, a number of athletes will be competing for their own respective countries for the very first time. Among these Olympians are female water polo player Ashleigh Johnson (USA), rugby player Katy McLean (Great Britain), field hockey player Rani Rampal (India), sailor Lisa Darmanin (Australia), Taekwondo athlete Itzel Manjarrez (Mexico), boxer Mikaela Mayer (USA), golfer Charley Hull (Great Britain), as well as swimmer Shi Jinglin (China). In a short film produced by the female-centric news channel espnW, these women discuss their excitement for making their Olympic debuts, recall how they first started playing sports, and express appreciation towards those who have helped them along their journey to success. These female athletes also show their determination to win the races in Rio in order to honor their own countries and their families.

Browse the gallery above to see the beautifully-shot photographs of the athletes lensed by Gina Levay. You can also head over here to learn more about the stories of the Olympians.

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