Simone Biles Walks Away from Rio as the Greatest Gymnast of All Time
Simone Biles will be leaving the Rio Games as the queen of gymnastics. Last night, the 19-year-old made history once again after winning gold for the floor exercise final, becoming the first U.S. gymnast to ever win four Olympic gold medals. She is also the first woman in a generation to take gold this many times, since Romania's Exaterino Szabo in 1984.
"It's been a long journey," Biles told CBS in an interview. "I've enjoyed every single moment of it. I know our team has. It's been very long in competing so many times. It got tiring. But we just wanted to end on a good note."
Despite a slight wobble in the middle of her Brazilian-themed routine, Biles garnered a high score of 15.966. Her teammate, Aly Raisman, took silver with a 15.500, giving her a third medal in Rio and sixth Olympic medal overall. Combined, both women collected nine medals, the most ever by Team USA at an Olympics.
After winning the world the championships three times-something no one has ever done before, by the way-Biles was projected to win five gold medals in Rio. Unfortunately, she had a huge wobble during the balance beam final, making that feat impossible. To stop herself from falling, she put her hands on the beam which led to the judges docking 0.8 points from her routine. The deduction was almost as much as a fall, but even then, she managed to win bronze. That's how amazing she is.
Despite the disappointment, Biles made it clear that she wasn't upset about the medal, but just bummed about her performance as a whole, which is totally understandable. (Read: Olympian Simone Biles Defends Her Bronze Medal In The Best Way)
Her influence in gymnastics has been undeniably powerful-making it tough to even imagine the sport without her. Who knows... with any luck, we might get to see her make history again in Tokyo.