The Author

The Golden Girls of Rio

The women athletes of the 2016 Summer Olympics captivated the world: Simon Biles, the most decorated American gymnast of all time; Katie Ledecky, who shattered swimming records in multiple events; Michelle Carter, the first American gold medalist in shot put; Simone Manuel, the first African American woman to medal in individual swimming. Their accomplishments amazed us, as did their personal stories of persistence and hard work.

 

The Golden Girls of Rio focuses on the paths to glory for these women athletes, how they got their start and rose to meteoric heights in the Rio games.

The Artist

"It is an artist's duty to reflect the times"

Nina Simone

The Advocate

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"Be the change you wish

to see in the world... unless that change is rooted in another's oppression."

The Activist

"Darkness cannot drive out darkness...

only light can do that"

Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Architect

"Disneyland will never be completed...

It will continue to grow as long as there is imagination left in the world!"

Walt Disney

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About Nikkolas Smith

Nikkolas Smith, a native of Houston, Texas, is a Master of Architecture recipient from Hampton University, and current Theme Park Designer & Concept artist at Walt Disney Imagineering. After hours, Nikkolas also leads in youth mentoring on Saturdays, with the kids of Compton & Watts, CA, giving lessons in digital painting and life skills for success. He lives in Los Angeles, California.

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