While Biles became the first woman in 20 years to win back-to-back world and Olympic all around titles, Comaneci also felt the gap between the American and the rest of the world needs to narrow as otherwise boredom could drive her away from the sport.
The 19-year-old was peerless as she crushed her rivals with a powerful display of acrobatics and tumbling in the Rio Olympic Arena.
After being beat out for a medal in a tiebreaker in London, Aly Raisman nails her floor routine to leapfrog Russia’s Aliya Mustafina for the silver medal and takes a second to soak it all in. At the 2015 World Championships, Paseka placed first on vault and Un-jong second, pushing Biles to third. “She’s definitely the best female gymnast who has ever been”. He only competed rings and vault, but his rings score was the second-highest in the competition.
L-R: Townley Haas, Conor Dwyer, Ryan Lochte and Michael Phelps of the United States celebrate on the podium during the medal presentation for the Men’s 4x200m Freestyle Relay Final on Day 4 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, Aug. 9, 2016.
Biles qualified for the all-around competition after receiving scores of 15.6 on beam, 15.7 on floor, 16.0 on vault and 15.0 on uneven bars in the qualifying rounds of the Rio Olympic Games.
Four years ago in London, Raisman tied with Mustafina for the third-highest score in the all-around.
When the floor exercise judges validated what Raisman and every other gymnast has known for years – that Biles is the greatest of her generation and perhaps of all time – the U.S. Olympic team captain let her good friend go.
The title also extended Biles’ string of all-around championships at major competitions.
According to ESPN.com, “Simone Biles already owned three consecutive world titles and four US national championships before she arrived in Rio”. She didn’t have to be ideal, but she was close and the second her floor routine ended, she knew she had accomplished the one thing she had left to do in the Olympics. Of course, the current scoring system in place, with an emphasis on difficulty that Biles works to her advantage, has only been in place for three Olympics, including Rio. Biles did a routine that would be great by any other standards, but uneven bars is her weakest event so she couldn’t quite compare to Mustafina’s brilliance.
Biles is expected to take home the gold in individual events still to come. At one point Boorman pulled Biles aside and gave her a choice.
“She’s incredible. She is just unbelievable, an extraordinary athlete and person”. She couldn’t get it all the way around though, landing short of three full rotations and then falling backwards. Raisman finished 1.433 ahead of Mustafina for second, nearly as dominating of a victory as Biles in first. Next up for her are the finals in balance beam on Monday and floor on Tuesday. “We took a field trip to a gym and I was hooked”, she told Us Weekly. We are like sisters.
As far as Biles was concerned, she is incomparable.