Short gymnasts live large in Athletes' Village
Standing under 5 feet tall can make a person stand out in everyday life Now imagine if she's in a community full of basketball stars, volleyball players and other BFG-like athletes.
"I just feel like I’m going to get stepped on or something," U.S. gymnast Simone Biles told USA Today after a few days in the Athletes Village, a dedicated Olympian-only campus at the Rio Olympics.
4-foot-8 Simone Biles found herself going viral before she even stepped onto a competition floor when she posted a photo of herself with a volleyball player who is a full two feet taller than her.
The alternates on the U.S. women's team may not get the chance to compete or be allowed to stay in the Athletes Village, but that didn't stop them from getting in on the fun. They attended a practice game of the U.S. men's basketball team and, of course, took hilarious photos. Ragan Smith (right) is 4-foot-6 and her coach Kim Zmeskal-Burdette (left), a 1992 Olympic gymnast, is 4-foot-7. They posed with 6-foot-9 Kevin Durant.
The Games have just begun, so there will surely be more height-based hilarity to come. Gymnastics and basketball fans of all heights can look forward to photos like this one of Carmelo Anthony and the Fierce Five from the London 2012 Olympics.