Golden Girl Simone Biles does it again!!
Gymnast Simone Biles makes history with her 4th gold medal of the 2016 Rio Olympics. She joins Amy Van Dyken, Missy Franklin & Katie Ledecky in the history books.
Biles, who was golden in the team event, the all-around and the vault, added the floor exercise gold to become one of just five women to win four medals at the Olympics in gymnastics. On the vault, Simone became the first American to win on that apparatus.
The 19 year-old Biles scored a 15.966, almost a half-point better than teammate Aly Raisman’s 15.5 — a score good enough for silver.
BILES led the USA women’s repeat trouncing of the field in the team final, and then made it a personal romp with golds in the individual all-around, vault and floor exercise finals. She surrendered a potential fifth gold on balance beam, where she scrambled to stay on after a crooked front somersault, but was more than satisfied with her medal haul on her Olympic debut.
“It’s very crazy,” BILES said. “To think what I’ve done, it’s been an amazing experience and I don’t think I could be more proud of myself. Your first Olympics, you walk away with five medals – that’s not tough at all. Especially four being gold, that’s just unheard of.”
(Simone’s Rio total = 4 Gold, 1 Bronze)
Team USA Fact: With her five medals, Biles is now tied for the most medals by a U.S. female gymnast at a single Olympics (Mary Lou Retton-1984, Shannon Miller-1996, & Nastia Liukin-2008).