Simone Biles tumbles into Olympic history

Team USA gymnast, Simone Biles, had an Olympic debut that no one will ever forget.

The 2016 Rio Olympics may be over, but that doesn’t mean the conversations surrounding the Games have died down. Female athletes from all over the world made themselves well known in Rio with unforgettable performances, but it was none other than U.S. gymnast Simone Biles who had a record-breaking Olympics.

At a mere 19 years old, Biles made his first Olympic appearance for Team USA gymnastics in style. The gymnast certainly left her mark on both Rio and the Games, as she achieved a remarkable feat for his first time on the Olympic stage.

Many consider Biles to be one of the greatest of all time, after an incredible Olympic performance that saw her achieve four gold medals and one bronze. In her Olympic debut, she opened the competition with such character and class in the qualifiers for both individual and team events.

During the team all-around competition, along with the rest of the Final Five, Biles soared to her first gold medal, with many still yet to come. With a slew of individual events left, the 19-year-old wanted to make history by winning gold in all five events.

She appeared to be on track when she soared past her competition in the women’s individual all-around to take gold, and then added another gold in the vault. Unfortunately when Biles was on track to take her fourth gold in the beam, she had an uncharacteristic slip, which resulted in her taking the bronze medal instead.

However, Biles didn’t let one mistake keep her down. Instead, she used her fallen beam performance to fuel her fifth and final event in the floor exercise, her specialty.

While many doubted her going into the floor exercise, she proved them wrong by bouncing back to dominate the competition with her signature floor move: ‘the Biles’. The move, which is named after her, consists of a double layout with a half-twist and a blind landing.

In true Simone fashion, she executed her move perfectly to earn the highest floor score and her fourth and final gold medal of the 2016 Olympics. Biles’ performances put her in an elite club of gymnasts who have won four gold medals in a single Olympics, something only three other gymnasts have done over the years, the last being in 1984.

The 19-year-old is a one of the greatest athletes of all time, and rightfully so. While her first Olympic Games saw her finish with four gold medals and one bronze, you can expect her to come back in 2020 to compete in Tokyo for five-of-five gold medals.

Taylor Vecchioni