Not everyone can be an athletic force like Serena Williams, who is currently ranked number one in women's singles tennis. Her name is basically synonymous with badass athlete! So, of course, it's a huge deal when an athletic newcomer nabs her attention. If you've been watching the Olympics, you likely saw Team USA's Simone Biles' epic floor routine, and the fact that she took home the gold at the 2016 Olympics in Rio in the women’s individual all-around competition. The 19-year-old is being crowned the greatest gymnast of all time for her performance in the Olympics this year, and it looks like Williams has officially taken note of the athlete. Both women are at the top of their respective games, but what happens when Williams attempts to try out Biles' sport? Hilarity, of course: Williams took to Snapchat to channel her inner Biles, and it's everything.
According to Williams' hilarious Snapchat, she definitely wouldn't make the Olympic team with her floor routine, which makes sense, since Williams is more skilled at crushing her competition on the tennis court than she is flipping through the air in a gym. Most people don't get blessed with either skill sets (or, rather, don't put in the hours upon hours of hard work to reach that skill level), but you have to give Williams props for trying something new out... even if it didn't quite work out for her:
Williams honoring Biles is huge for the young Olympian. Though she may be a new name, this athlete is already making the world take notice. Biles is the sport's first black female all-around world champion, and after her performance at the Rio Olympics, is being hailed as the "best athlete in Rio" by ESPN's TJ Quinn. Biles is controlling her own narrative: She's not OK with being hailed the next Michael Phelps, or being compared to any other athlete. In response to statements that she's the next so-and-so, Biles told Sporting News:
I’m not the next Usain Bolt or Michael Phelps. I’m the first Simone Biles.
Williams is no stranger to inspirational quotes either. In her Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year speech in 2015, Williams shut down the haters and the naysayers with this powerful statement:
I’ve had people look down on me, put me down because I didn’t look like them — I look stronger. I’ve had people look past me because the color of my skin, I’ve had people overlook me because I was a woman, I’ve had critics say I [would] never win another Grand Slam when I was only at number seven — and here I stand today with 21 Grand Slam titles, and I’m still going.
Biles' strength of character is something to be admired, and the fact that another powerhouse athlete is channeling her is definitely a good sign for her career moving forward. The accolades that Biles is receiving are for so much more than just her athletic prowess, and her fierce spirit will always keep her on top of her game.