Simone Biles Captures Fourth Gold Medal, Becomes Most Decorated American Gymnast Ever
Simone Biles has become the most decorated American gymnast during the Summer Olympics in Rio. Passing Shannon Miller who held the honor for 20 years, Biles took home her fourth gold in five events yesterday (Aug. 16), this time in the floor exercise. Her run began last week in the team all-around event with the group of gymnasts known as the “Final Five” on August 9th, and now she is on top of the world. The 19-year-old even got to meet her childhood celebrity crush Zac Efron yesterday, during a taping for the Today Show in Rio.
— Simone Biles (@Simone_Biles) August 16, 2016
The Houston native set the U.S record for gold medals during one Olympics. After being “annoyed” at her bronze beam showing, she came back with a dominating performance in the floor exercise, blowing away the competition. Fellow USA gymnast Aly Raisman took home the Silver, but was still .466 points behind Biles’ score of 15.966.
— NBC Olympics (@NBCOlympics) August 17, 2016
— NBC Olympics (@NBCOlympics) August 16, 2016
Only three other women in history have won four Gold medals in gymnastics during the same Olympic games. Biles is having quite the summer, now collecting 17 medals between the Olympics and world-championship games. Her run is not close to over though. Look for Biles and the “Final Five” to dominate the Olympic games again in Tokyo come 2020.