Simone Biles finishes Rio Olympics with 5th medal




Just three of the words used to describe Team USA’s incredible gymnast, Simone Biles. Today Biles won the Floor Exercise with a score of 15.966, securing her fourth gold and fifth medal overall. She beat fellow teammate Aly Raisman handily, despite Aly scoring a 15.500 and as Julia Fincher said “looking even better than she did in London” while securing the silver medal in the competition.

Biles obviously shook off yesterday’s mistake on the balance beam, where she almost fell off and subsequently earned the bronze medal, as she was soaring, flipping, twisting and turning en route to another gold medal. It is aid that Biles has no equals in the floor routine, but the strength of her all-around dominance was on display these past few weeks in Rio. Her performance will be challenging for any gymnast to duplicate or surpass in the future.

In the words of the late great rap legend and record executive Heavy D, Biles “started with a pow and ended with a bang.”

She’s definitely got her own thing going in these Olympic Games and hopefully she will be back for Tokyo in 2012 to become the first Olympian to defend her gold in the all-around, a milestone teammate Gabby Douglas failed to achieve in her final Olympic Games. 

Going from a modestly known gymnast to a symbol of Black Girl Magic and the women’s empowerment movement has endured Biles to women of all races, all over the world. 

Even the crowd got behind Biles’ Brazilian music inspired performance, which included a piece from the movie “Rio.”

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