It’s Official: Simone Biles Is the World’s Best Gymnast

In case anybody had doubts, Simone Biles made it official: she’s the best gymnast in the world. The American dominated the women’s all-around competition on her way to a gold medal Thursday. 

In doing so, she joined Mary Lou Retton, Carly Patterson, Nastia Liukin and Gabby Douglas as American all-around winners. Aly Raisman (U.S.) won the silver, and Aliya Mustafina (Russia) won bronze.

Victory in this event brings lucrative endorsements and widespread adoration, a popularity bonanza fueled by a prime-time showcase of athletic artistry. At 4 feet 9 inches, with size 5 feet, Biles is someone that young viewers can relate to. Then she performs, and her abilities are unimaginable.

Her ascent has been sudden to those who follow gymnastics only ever four years. At the last Summer Games, in London in 2012, Douglas was the show-stopper. Biles arrived here from Texas and gave the Rio Games a performance for the ages. Whether you know an Amanar from an aardvark, you watch her not because the result is in doubt but rather to witness something without equal.

 

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