JUST IN: Superstar Gymnast Simone Biles Makes History With 4th Gold Medal...

JUST IN: Superstar Gymnast Simone Biles Makes History With 4th Gold Medal Win

By HuffPost on August 16, 2016
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Olympic Superstar gymnast, Simone Biles

It’s official: Simone Biles is the first U.S. gymnast ever to win four Olympic gold medals.

After winning the team final and individual all-around title last week, Biles won her third gold medal in the vault final on Sunday, making her one of three members of an exclusive three-gold club. For 48 hours, she shared the record with her Rio teammates Aly Raisman and Gabby Douglas. Today, with her win in the floor exercise final, she set a new one.

Not since 1968 has a gymnast won four gold medals at one Olympic games. Biles is one of only a handful of gymnasts ever to take gold this many times, and no woman has done it since Romanian Ecaterina Szabo in 1984, meaning Biles is the first in a generation to pull it off.

United States' Simone Biles performs on the floor during the artistic gymnastics women's apparatus final at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2016. | AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)
United States’ Simone Biles performs on the floor during the artistic gymnastics women’s apparatus final at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2016. | AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)

She took gold today with a score of 15.966. Raisman took silver, with a score of 15.5, and Amy Tinkler of Great Britain took the bronze with a 14.933.

Biles had been favored to win five golds at these games, but a slip-up in the balance beam final yesterday made that impossible; after a wobble so big it incurred almost the same deduction as a fall, she finished in third place (a fall incurs a 1.0 deduction, and putting your hands down on the beam to prevent a fall, as Biles did, incurs up to a 0.8 deduction). That’s right: She basically fell off the beam, and still walked away with a bronze medal. That’s how good Simone Biles is.

On floor, she qualified for the final in first position, and posted the highest floor score in the team final by a wide margin. She is the reigning world floor champion. She was widely considered a lock for a gold medal on floor, just as Raisman, who qualified in second place and then took silver in the all-around, was considered a very safe bet for second.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 16: Simone Biles of the United States competes during the Women's Floor Final at Rio Olympic Arena on August 16, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. | Ian MacNicol/Getty Images
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – AUGUST 16: Simone Biles of the United States competes during the Women’s Floor Final at Rio Olympic Arena on August 16, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. | Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

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