None of the 2016 individual medalists are still competing in rhythmic gymnastics.
Russia's 2016 Olympic gold and silver medalists Margarita Mamun and Yana Kudryavtesva both retired after Rio. Bronze medalist Ganna Rizatdinova of Ukraine also retired in 2017.
New faces to watch
The Averina twins, Dina and Arina, are expected to continue Russia's dominance in the sport. Dina is the 2017, 2018 and 2019 world all-around champion, and Arina has two world all-around silver medals and four world titles. Israel's Linoy Ashram should also be a podium contender, having won the all-around competition at the 2019 European Championships (although Russia sat out due to COVID-19 concerns).
Additionally, the United States qualified two rhythmic gymnasts for the Olympics for the first since the 1992 Olympic Games.
(NOTE: While a World Anti-Doping Agency ban will prevent Russia’s name, flag and anthem from appearing in Tokyo, clean athletes, including teams, will be permitted to compete in all competitions as ROC – an abbreviation for Russian Olympic Committee – under a flag with the ROC symbol.)