Simone Biles Is Officially the World's Greatest Gymnast
"I'm not the next Usain Bolt or Michael Phelps. I'm the first Simone Biles," the 19-year-old said after taking home gold in the all-around competition—and making history in the process
Simone Biles made history last night when she took home gold in the individual all-around gymnastics competition, becoming the first woman in two decades to hold both the world championship and Olympic all-around titles. She's also the first gymnast to win three world championships in a row. And not only did Biles win the gold medal, she beat teammate Aly Raisman by 2.1 points-a truly astounding margin. (Previously, the largest margin of victory in the all-around was 0.6 by Nastia Liukin in 2008. And when Gabby Doublas won gold in London it was by just 0.259 points.) Her win also helps cement the U.S.'s status in the gymnastics world: We're now the first nation to have four consecutive all-around Olympics winners.
It's no wonder she's now being referred to as the greatest gymnast of all time.
Despite beating out Raisman, their BFF status seems to be clearly in tact. "I go into [the all-around] knowing that [Biles will win]," Raisman told USA Today before Thursday's event. "Just because she wins every single competition." Raisman seemed ecstatic just to take home silver after missing out on the bronze medal in the 2012 all-around competition, posting a photo on Instagram of her on the podium with the caption, "REDEMPTION BABY. That is all."
And while the media has already tried to use ridiculous labels for Biles like the 'gymnastics version' of Michael Phelps (as they've undermined other female athletes), she's just not having it. "I'm not the next Usain Bolt or Michael Phelps. I'm the first Simone Biles," she said in an interview. But not only is she freaking amazing, she's also really humble: "To me, I'm just the same Simone. I just have two Olympic gold medals now. I feel like I did my job tonight." Yes girl, we'd say you did that and then some.