This week in Rio, all eyes have been on the women’s gymnastics events as the competitors showed off their incredible athleticism and great artistic flare. The . women's team of Gabby Douglas, Aly Raisman, Madison Kocian, Laurie Hernandez and Simone Biles stole the show in the team all-around event, dominating the competition and beating out Russia and China to take home the gold medal. Biles followed up by winning the gold medal in the individual all-around event. But it’s not only the gymnasts’ prowess on the bars and the beams that make the audience sit up and take notice: Their blinged-out leotards are show-stoppers as well.
At least until the Games start. In London, his first Olympics, Qiu’s job is to beat another teenage sensation, Britain’s Tom Daley, who in 2009 claimed the world championship at just 15 years old. The hometown favorite is as brash as Qiu is reserved. In June, Daley, through his coach, directed a tweet to the Chinese diver that contained a link to a video of himself performing a superlative dive. Qiu declined to return the taunt, but at the very least he’s now getting motivated about his job. “Every time I think about the London Olympics, I feel really excited and nervous,” he says. “Everybody wants to be the champion. Me too.”