As everyone celebrated the end of the Olympics, Simone Biles took selfies at the Closing Ceremony with fans — fellow athletes among them — who lined up for the opportunity. In many ways, the moment may have been the highlight of the Closing Ceremony for both the athletes and organizers on the floor of Maracana Stadium. A seemingly never ending line of people from several different countries waited for selfies with Biles, proving that she's one of the most sought after stars of the Rio games.
Biles was the flag bearer for the United States during the parade of athletes, and since she had to stand still and hold the flag, she used that time to pose for some memorable photos. Since Biles is from the U.S., it can be easy to assume that she is only a huge star here in this country, but that assumption was clearly disproved at the Closing Ceremony. People from several other countries were taking pictures with Biles, showing that she's just as big a star throughout these games and the international sporting community as she in the U.S.
But realistically, Biles should be a huge star around the world. The women's gymnastics individual all-around competition is one of the fiercest competitions in the entire Olympics, and Biles completely blew her competitors out of the water during the finals of that event. All in all, she deserves her moment in the spotlight, because her hard work and athletic excellence have earned her at least that.
Biles is a record-breaking Olympic, not just in competition, but in the ceremonial aspect of the Olympics as well. She became the first female gymnast to carry the U.S. flag, although she admitted that she was nervous to complete the task, in part because she had seen Michael Phelps carry it with ease during the Opening Ceremony two weeks ago.
"One of my biggest worries is like, I'm afraid the flag is going to be too heavy for me because Michael Phelps is so much taller and he seemed to carry it so easily and I'm very short," Biles told reporters at a press conference on Saturday. Despite her fears, Biles seems to have done a great job, and had a great time doing it too.
Biles will always be remembered as one of the greatest athletes of all time, and one of the greatest athletes of the Rio games. Both her honor of serving as the flagbearer and her long line of admirers are a fitting tribute to her dominance at these Olympics.