Four-time gold medalist Simone Biles says she is planning to come back for the 2020 Tokyo Games
At 2016 Olympics in Rio, the 19-year-old tumbling powerhouse Simone Biles led the American gymnasts to victory in the team all-around competition. Then, she went on to claim the gold in the individual all-around competition, besting teammate — and team captain — Aly Raisman, the silver medalist, by two full points.
And those were just the first two of five medals Biles has won at the Olympics: She won gold in the vault and floor exercise events, and bronze on the beam. With four golds, Biles also holds the title for most gold medals won by an American female gymnast in a single Olympics and even has a signature move named after her. Even accounting for the evolution of the sport over the past century, from a more lithe, balletic style to one that rewards power and difficulty (a transformation that is charted in Biles’s Tide Pods campaign, just one of the myriad endorsements that began to come knocking even before Rio), she’s still unprecedented.
Yet for all her success, Biles hardly had a moment to acknowledge her wins, she said speaking over the phone from Rio on Friday. She had just completed her Olympic run, but she and her teammates were sticking around for the closing ceremonies. (Biles was the American flag bearer for Sunday night’s closing ceremonies, the first female gymnast to fill the role.)
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