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2016 Rio Olympics: The U.S. Men Gymnasts, Ranked by Ab Appeal!

by Desiree Murphy 8:08 AM PDT, August 08, 2016
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Rio de Janerio, Brazil, is about to experience a serious heat wave.

The U.S. men's gymnastics team is coming in sizzling hot, with a squad of five chiseled guys competing for gold at the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics.

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While all eyes will certainly be glued to their every move on the bars, beam, trampoline, floor and vault, it will be hard not to swoon over their incredible physiques. Most notably, those washboard abs.

As a way to officially introduce you to the men gymnasts representing Team USA, ET's ranked the athletes by ab appeal, naturally.

5. Danell Leyva

Age: 24
Hometown: Homestead, FL
Fun fact: The Cuba-born athlete was originally selected as an alternate, but was officially named to the team after John Orozco withdrew last month due to an ACL injury. (Akash Modi and Donnell Whittenburg currently fill Team USA's alternate spots.)

Abs in action:

Biceps, triceps, lats, core, and grip strength are targeted in this system. Watch "the all" system "in my facebook"

A video posted by Danell J Leyva (@danelljleyva) on

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4. Alex Naddour

Age: 25
Hometown: Gilbert, AZ
Fun fact: Back in February, the heartthrob and his wife, Hollie Vise, welcomed their first child together, a baby girl named Lilah. "Each set I'm doing, it's not just for me or for my wife or friends, family," he explained to reporters at the Pacific Rim Championships. "It's for my daughter."

Abs in action:

Working on my landings and making some good progress. #riotime #putmeincoach

A video posted by Alex Naddour (@alex_naddour) on

3. Sam Mikulak

Immersing myself in the Brazilian culture πŸ™ˆπŸ‘™πŸŒβ›±πŸ‡§πŸ‡·

A photo posted by Samuel Mikulak (@samuelmikulak) on

Age: 23
Hometown: Newport Beach, CA
Fun fact: Before heading to Rio, the seven-time NCAA champion paid a visit to his barber, Quenten Heard, who gave him a "patriotic haircut." Unfortunately, he told reporters on Wednesday that he has since shaved it off to avoid distractions.

Abs in action:

It's National Gymnastics Day! Unveiling my new skill, you think it would upgrade? #showyoursalute #ngd2015 @usagym

A video posted by Samuel Mikulak (@samuelmikulak) on

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2. Jake Dalton

Another awesome shot by @richardphibbs Thank you for the great work! #RoadToRio #People

A photo posted by Jake Dalton (@jake_dalton) on

Age: 24
Hometown: Sparks, NV
Fun fact: If his teammates had to choose a superlative for him, it'd be Most Reliable. "The best thing you can be as a teammate is trustworthy,” Mikulak told USA Today. "That's exactly what Jake has done for himself and proven to all of us over and over -- that he is reliable."

Abs in action:

1 month to go until Rio. Let's get it. #TeamUSA #RoadToRio

A video posted by Jake Dalton (@jake_dalton) on

1. Chris Brooks

Age: 29
Hometown: Houston, TX
Fun fact: The University of Oklahoma graduate made a promise to his late father (who was also a gymnast) that he'd one day compete in the Olympic Games. "He believed in me from day one that I could go to the Olympics and I could do anything in the sport that I wanted to do," Brooks told reporters in Rio on Tuesday.. "Finally getting to this level, it means the world to me. And hopefully, to him."

Abs in action:

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