The 19 and 20-year-old gymnasts opened up about body image, fame and realizing their full potential. Check it:
Gabby, on being surprised by her fame: “I literally never thought I would ever have so many people behind me. It’s so special. I feel like I’m one of theirs, you know? Sometimes I’m like, why are all those people taking pictures of that wall? And then I realize I am standing in front of it.”
Simone, on being built differently than other gymnasts: “I was built this way for a reason, so I’m going to use it…To go out there and prove what I can do has taught me a lot about who I am. We can push ourselves further. We always have more to give.
Gabby, on dealing with haters: “It was very tough. Sometimes I would be in the bathroom, bawling my eyes out, wanting to quit. I felt like I was all alone. But when I came through it, I felt as if I could overcome anything.”
Simone, on her teammates: “I look up to them. If I see Aly [Raisman] or Gabby doing something, I’m like, whoa. They always motivate me.”
Gabby, on reclaiming the Olympic podium’s top spot: “I guess when you’ve been there, you’re like, ‘Yeah, but can you do it again?’ I love the challenge. I love to push limits. I feel like I haven’t reached my full potential yet.”
For more from Simone and Gabby, visit TeenVogue.com.