After an exciting and competitive week at the Rio Olympics, Simone Biles won the all-around gold medal at the women's gymnastics finals on Thursday, August 11. After the team all-around finals earlier this week, Biles and her teammate Aly Raisman competed in the individual all-around finals, once again proving how great Team USA is at gymnastics.
The individual all-around finals included four apparatuses: balance beam, floor exercise, uneven bars, and vault. Biles was in first place after the third apparatus and right before the highly-anticipated floor routines, leading her competitors with a score of 46.265, nearly two points higher than second-place Russian gymnast Aliya Mustafina. Raisman wasn't far behind Biles ahead of the floor routines, at an impressive score of 44.665 in third-place.
In the balance beam routine, Biles scored a 15.433 with her near-flawless routine which, of course, included a wolf turn. On the uneven bars, Biles walked away with a slightly lower score of 14.966, falling behind just four other competitors. She redeemed herself on the vault routine, for which she received a score of 15.866, one of her highest of the individual all-around finals.
Biles' final winning score from the individual all-around was 62.198.
Throughout the events, Raisman stayed close behind Biles, reinforcing the powerhouse image of Team USA's gymnasts. However, after an incredible overall performance, Biles rightfully added the gold medal for the individual all-around final to her collection.
Biles has been called the greatest Olympic gymnast of all time, even ahead of the Rio Olympics, and this gold medal only reinforced that claim. The individual all-around finals gold medal is Biles' second gold medal from Rio.
This win came after an exciting week for the USA gymnastics team. Biles helped Team USA claim gold in the women's team all-around final on Tuesday, August 9. Carla Correa told The New York Times that Biles "usually aces every flip and leap," and Biles proved that through each gymnastics event in Rio.
Similarly, Correa said that "Raisman is particularly strong on vault and floor exercises," The New York Times reported, which was clear in the individual all-around where Raisman scored an incredible 15.633 on vault. This is actually Raisman's second chance at an all-around gold medal, and while she performed well throughout the events, she was up against arguably her toughest competition yet.
After an unprecedented 14 world medals, three consecutive all-around World Championship titles, and now two Olympic gold medals (one for all-around team and one for individual all-around), nobody is doubting Biles anymore. Her individual all-around gold medal has officially marked her as the world's best gymnast. From the floor to the balance beam to the vault to the uneven bars, Biles simply cannot be stopped.