By Angel Johnson
The USA gymnastics team took the gold medal in Rio on Tuesday. Russia took second place and China took third. Spectators predicted that Simone Biles would win the gold, and she did.
Judges, fans and people around the world have been supporting her along the way and they think she may be the best female gymnast in history. Before the qualifying round last Sunday, Biles' mom tweeted her daughter words of encouragement.
Biles and her teammate Aly Riesman gave a nearly perfect performance. Biles took first and Raisman placed second at the all-around competition last Sunday. Gabby Douglas performed well too, only a few points behind Riesman. But her effortless routine was not enough to allow her to compete in the all-around competition. There is a two person per country rule which means each competing country can only have two members qualify.
Douglas wasn’t able to defend her 2012 title from London, but she was allowed to compete on the uneven bars Tuesday. Raisman says “the two person per country rule is the dumbest thing ever.”
In 2012 something similar happened during the all-around qualifying competition. Raisman and Douglas took first and second place, which denied the 2008 champion, Jordyn Wieber from defending her title.
Nastia Liukin, a 2008 Olympic champion, said no one can beat Biles, if anyone had doubts, then they should think about the fact that she took first place in the floor exercise, vault, and the balance beam.
She even has a move named after her, because she was the gymnast to land an advanced move, including a half-twist and blind landing in a competition.
Biles' coach Aimee Borman said, “Simone doesn’t require a lot of run into her tumbling skills, so she can fit a longer pass onto the floor than a lot of athletes.”
When Biles does vault she goes higher and farther than her competitors. When it comes to the balance beam, she is the only one in the world who uses a beam that is 4-inches wide. Liukin also pointed out that most gold medalists win by half a point, Biles wins by two or three points.