Manuel and Oleksiak shared the top spot on the medal podium, with the US anthem played first followed by the Canadian anthem.
Simone Biles is a superstar of epic proportion and already a three-time world all-around champ.
Biles helped the Final Five to team gold here on Tuesday.
“I’m not the next Usain Bolt or Michael Phelps”, Biles said. They’ve know each other since coaching in Romania, and he’s worked extensively at Karolyi’s side at the ranch for years as a mentor to coaches and athletes alike.
While Downie was in awe, her performance to finish 13th at the age of 17 bodes well for the future, although she just missed out on sororal bragging rights with Becky Downie, seven years her senior who finished 12th in the all-around in Beijing in 2008. “I’m just Simone Biles, but it’s fantastic to be recognized for all of this success for myself and for team U.S.”, she added. She is the GOAT. Earlier this week, Simone and Team USA won a second consecutive team gold medal.
United States’ Simone Biles bites her gold medal for the artistic gymnastics women’s individual all-around final at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016.
In afternoon action, American Kayla Harrison successfully defended her Olympic judo title in the women’s 78-kilogram division, beating France’s Audrey Tcheumeo in a tense final. Biles is heavily favored to win.
The gymnastics superstar has been a social butterfly at her first Olympics, mixing and making new friends with competitors from around the world. I can not tell you how.
“I’ve been dreaming of it for a couple of years now and it’s unreal how it happened, so I was just so excited”, she said afterwards. And a gold medal.
Gymnasts at Biles’ gym in Spring gathered to cheer on their hometown girl. “After the race, I gave her a big hug and I cried and I told her, ‘Thank you for everything you’ve done for me.’ She’s a huge part of my successes”. Raisman finished with a 60.098, Mustafina 58.665.
When the standings after the second rotation flashed and Biles had slipped behind Russia’s Aliya Mustafina, the first time she had trailed in a competition – any competition – in nearly three years, it would have been easy to wonder if a small crack was beginning to show.
When a stupendous score of 15.933 confirmed she had beaten Raisman by 2.100 points with a total of 62.198, the coronation that had been in the planning stages ever since she won the first of a record three successive world titles in 2013 could finally take place.
“Some of us don’t really even pay attention to the scores”. So, I just stay out of it.
Manuel will be in Lane 7 of Saturday night’s final as she looks to sweep the sprint freestyle events. But in terms of her own personal accomplishments, she’s in a class of her own.
Biles joined Mary Lou Retton, Carly Patterson, Nastia Liukin and Gabby Douglas to become the fifth American to hold the prestigious title of Olympic all-around champion.
That puts Biles above many great gymnasts that Karolyi has worked with in a long and distinguished career. When Biles came off, the teammates embraced each other, the persistently bubbly Biles crying in Raisman’s arms. Her glitter makeup and the sequined stars and stripes on her red, white and blue leotard sparkled under the bright lights.
“Just because you are at the top doesn’t mean you can stop, you have to keep going”, said Biles.
Then again, maybe it’s best to just appreciate Biles’ uniqueness. Only a major mishap would have prevented her coronation, and she never falls. It’s hard to win against her.
But Biles dismissed talk of stardom.
“You’ve seen her legs and butt”, Boorman said. However, a little known rule knocked her into fourth place.