Looking for a person to root for during the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics? Certified star-gymnast Simone Biles should be your top pick.
Over the past week, 18-year-old Simone has made history. At the 2015 World Gymnastics Championships in Glasgow, she became the first woman to win three gold medals back to back in the all-around portion. But she wasn’t done. On Sunday, the Ohio native finished out the last day of the competition by winning her tenth gold medal at a world championship, which also marks her 14th medal overall and is yet another U.S record. She’s certainly in the midst of cementing her place in history as one of the greatest American gymnasts of all time.
She helped Team USA win the team gold medal last Wednesday as well, saying, “I don’t think it’s sunk in yet…But I know what I’ve achieved, and what I’ve achieved is, like, pretty unbelievable.”
Biles is not yet well-known. But all of that will change in eight months when the Rio de Janeiro Olympics begin. With her down-to-earth and bubbly personality, she should be a media darling. The U.S. team this time around may be even stronger than the Fierce Five. Gabby Douglas is returning, Madison Kocian’s uneven bar skills are unmatched, and Maggie Nichols holds her own on the floor. At this rate, you may get tired of hearing “The Star-Spangled Banner,” as the Americans plan to dominate.
Watch one of Simone’s flawless routines from last Sunday above, and be ready to see her on the front of every cereal box in a year.
SOURCE: USA Today | VIDEO SOURCE: YouTube