After two days of grueling trials at San Jose鈥檚 SAP Center in California, the US Women鈥檚 Olympic Gymnastics Team was announced yesterday 鈥 and boy oh boy, do we have a killer squad this year. In case you missed it, the group is comprised of: 20-year-old Gabby Douglas, one of the Fierce Five from the 2012 Summer Olympics; 22-year-old Aly Raisman, also a 2012 Fierce Five alum; 19-year-old Simone Biles, Olympic trials winner; 16-year-old Laurie Hernandez, the youngest of the group and the first Latina gymnast to participate on the US Olympic Team since 2004; and 19-year-old Madison Kocian, who specializes in uneven bars. The three replacement athletes for the women鈥檚 team include Ashton Locklear, MyKayla Skinner and Ragan Smith.


And while there can only be so many ladies on the team, every gymnast who participated (and vied for the right to wear the 2016 Olympic uniform) is a champ in our books. We got up close and personal with some of these pro athletes to pick their brains about what exactly an Olympic-level gymnast carries in her bag, as well as tips and tricks to stay polished 鈥 even when they鈥檙e sweatin鈥.

MyKayla Skinner

2016 U.S. Olympic Trials - Women's Gymnastics - Day 1

The 19-year-old gymnast hails from Gilbert, Arizona and has been in the game for 14 years. Whoa. Needless to say, the 2016 Women鈥檚 Gymnastics Olympic Team replacement is quite a pro. 鈥淚 always have to have water, my grip bag and definitely my phone, and I always carry makeup in case I have to do a little fix up.鈥 The product she can鈥檛 live without? 鈥淵ou always have to have your lipstick. I like MAC lipstick, depending on the color of my [outfit].鈥 To keep her makeup from sliding off her face under the lights, MyKayla鈥檚 trick is 鈥渁 concealer spray you can use.鈥 As for her hair, she likes to keep it simple. 鈥淚 sometimes use hairspray and carry a couple extra hair ties.鈥 (Photo via Ezra Shaw/Getty)

Emily Schild

17-year-old Emily Schild has been doing gymnastics since she was two-and-a-half, 鈥渟o, quite a while,鈥 she says with a laugh. She also reveals that the training sched for a pro-gymnast is no joke! 鈥淚鈥檓 always training year-round. We go Monday through Saturday at the gym. Sunday, we have a day off, and I usually just relax and have fun.鈥 In her bag, she says, 鈥淚 carry everything I need. I carry my grips, my roller, thera band.鈥 Emily, a fan of glittery eyeshadow (a girl after our own heart!), swears by the Urban Decay Naked Palette, and to tame her flyaways, she sticks to 鈥渉airspray and a little gel.鈥 (Photo via Dilip Vishwanat/Getty)

Amelia Hundley

18-year-old Amelia鈥檚 advice to aspiring gymnasts is clear cut: 鈥淚f you really love the sport and you really want to work toward something, it鈥檚 intense, but it teaches you a lot of life lessons. It鈥檚 worth it in the long run.鈥 In her bag, the Cincinnati native always has her 鈥済rips, lots of tape, my water and scissors.鈥 Scissors, eh? 鈥淸It鈥檚] for my tape, and I鈥檓 really particular because everyone always tries to steal my scissors, and I鈥檓 like, 鈥楴o! They鈥檙e MY scissors!'鈥 We鈥檙e certain Amelia will be sporting lots of KT Tape鈥檚 Team USA tape, as the company is the US Olympics鈥 official supplier. (Photo via Dilip Vishwanat/Getty)

Brenna Dowell

鈥淚 started gymnastics when I was 18 months in a parent-taught class, and I really have just been doing it ever since,鈥 Brenna tells us. In her bag? 鈥淚 obviously carry my grips and wrist guards that I need for each competition and lots of tape. Sometimes, my sisters will write me letters before the meet, and I鈥檒l bring those with me and read them. It鈥檚 just a little close to home and it鈥檚 really nice.鈥 Despite being part of the gold medal-winning US team for the 2015 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships, the 20-year-old is modest as ever. 鈥淢y advice is to always just keep working hard. I was never the most talented, but I came into the gym every day, pushed myself and set new goals to learn new skills and it really paid off to think that little girl in a parent-taught class is here at the Olympic trials.鈥 (Photo via Ezra Shaw/Getty)

Rachel Gowey

In her gym bag, the 13-year gymnastic veteran tells us, 鈥淚 always have my grips, pre-wrap tape, my wrist guards and my band to stretch my shoulders. I usually have my inhaler for my asthma, a water bottle, Ibuprofen and my floor music.鈥 As for when she鈥檚 sweating through her makeup, she carries a towel. 鈥淚 just kind of pat around it,鈥 she laughs. 鈥淎nd hope that it stays on.鈥 For her hair, however, it鈥檚 not quite as casual. 鈥淎 lot of hair spray,鈥 she says. 鈥淚 usually use TRESemm茅 as a good go-to.鈥 (Photo via Ezra Shaw/Getty)

Maggie Nichols

2016 U.S. Olympic Trials - Women's Gymnastics - Day 1

鈥淣ot a lot of people get this experience, so I just want to have fun,鈥 Maggie Nichols tells us. The things she always has in her bag: 鈥淢y grips, Tiger Paws, some tape, headphones and gum.鈥 Minty fresh breath is always a win! To get her head into the game, Maggie likes music 鈥 but she鈥檚 not picky. 鈥淎 little bit of everything. I like country, hip hop 鈥 anything that鈥檒l get me pumped up for the meet!鈥 (Photo via Ronald Martinez/Getty)

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