The Olympics are over, but your appreciation for the awesome athletes who made the Rio Olympics so memorable does not have to end anytime soon. I mean, how could it when so many of the Olympic athletes are not only crazy talented, but also genuinely adorable human beings? Take for instance the gymnasts sharing pics with their super tall fellow Olympians on Instagram.
Gymnastics is one of the most popular Olympic sports. There is so much talent and skill involved in the beam, floor exercises, vault, and parallel bars, it's easy to forget what tiny powerhouses gymnasts truly are when they look larger than life during their routines. I mean, the tallest member of the Final Five is Aly Raisman at five foot two inches — but though these athletes are small in stature, they're still incredibly strong. Still, seeing them stand alongside their fellow Olympians from sports where height is a major advantage — like basketball — is the best thing ever.
These photos are about more than just the cute factor of seeing Raisman or Ragan Smith standing side by side with the extremely tall Deandre Jordan. They are further proof athletes come in all sizes, and they all have serious respect for each other's respective talents. Check out these four adorable photos below and prepare to be in awe of these Olympians all over again.
Aly Raisman & Liz Cambage
Australian basketball champ Cambage eclipses Raisman in size, but it is clear these two women have nothing but respect for each other. The duo make for an odd couple, but they are both at the top of their respective sports. Bask in their twin grins, you know you want to.
Ragan Smith & Deandre Jordan
Look at these two! So tiny, so big, so perfect together. Can they pose for more pictures together? The Internet would love them forever — OK, the Internet will love them forever anyway, but you see my point.
Ragan Smith & Kevin Durant
At six foot nine inches tall, Durant is taller than basically everyone, but his height is especially glaring when compared to the four foot six Smith. Can he do three back flips in a row though?
Rebeca Andrade & Alison Cerutti
These two are from the Brazilian gymnastics and volleyball teams, and while they may have drastically different heights they both are in Rio supporting their country with their incredible athleticism. The range of athletes who compete in the Olympics will forever be inspiring.
Big and small, these Olympic athletes are all unstoppable, and when you put them side by side, they are all kinds of cute too.