MAN CRUSH MONDAY: 3 Reasons Why Arthur Nory Mariano Had Us Watching the 2016 Olympics


22-year-old Arthur Nory Mariano, made our hearts melt when he hit the floor in the 2016 Olympics. The Brazilian gymnast competed in Men’s Floor Exercise this summer and became an overnight star when he took home the first medal, a bronze! With his charm, boyish looks, million-dollar smile and, well, those arms, it's not hard to see why suddenly everyone has fallen in love with the 22-year-old athlete (including the current Queen of Gymnastics Simone Biles!). Here’s five more reasons why we’re crushin’ on him:

1. He Made History

This was the first time Brazil had qualified a full men’s team to the Olympics, and the country was proud to take home bronze for the first time (watch here). In the past, Arthur participated in the 2015 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships, which took place in Glasgow, Scotland, and finished 4th at the horizontal bar event and 12th at the individual all-around event.

2. He's BFF’s with Simone Biles

The 19-year-old U.S. gymnast knows how to call dibs on a handsome hunk! Simone and Arthur have met several times at international meets and have been reported as dating after introducing him as her “Brazilian boyfriend” on Twitter. Mariano has even broken the internet by competing with Zac Efron for Ms. Biles!

3. He's a Mixed Baby!

Cutie pie Mariano is half-Japanese-half-Brazilian. His full name is Arthur Nory Oyakawa Mariano. It's like when you're dabbling with paint and you discover a whole new shade of...CUTE. 
While we are obsessed with Mariano, we cannot help but to congratulate the US women’s gymnastics team for qualifying first in the Olympics, with USA’s Simone Biles coming in first place for four out of the five individual events. Who were your obsessing over? Share some of your favorite moments and athletes from this year's Olympics with us!

TEEN REPORTER | Kim Do is an avid blogger and world traveler, based in San Jose, California. The 18 year-old has a passion for both writing and conservation and is often found jotting thoughts in her notebook or volunteering at a local park. The UC Berkeley freshman documents her fun, spontaneous adventures on her blog, where she details her journey towards crossing the 200 items off her bucket list as well as travel destinations. In addition to writing, she enjoys hiking, playing guitar, volunteering in the community, and hopes to write for the Daily Californian.