She's so fly. Literally.
It’s official, Simone Biles is the best female gymnast in the world right now. The 19 year-old from team USA has dominated the sporting headlines this week, thanks to her pitch-perfect Olympic routines, her sass-tastic eyeliner, oh, and those Simojis.
Here are all the reasons we can’t stop talking about the 4ft 8 power player…
She’s struck gold twice in the last week…
So yes, Simone is already an Olympic heroine, first leading team USA to victory in the women’s team event, then smashing the all-round finals last night to be crowned the best cross-discipline solo gymnast, owning the bars, floor, vault and beam. This is her debut Olympic games.
And she might well clean up a further three medals…
It doesn’t stop there, you see. Biles has yet to compete for more medals in the individual apparatus finals. You can see the golds lining up in her eyes, can’t you?
She’s not letting anyone compare her to other, male athletes
‘I’m not the next Usain Bolt or Michael Phelps, I’m the first Simone Biles,’ she told reporters who tried to compare her power and potential. ‘To me I’m just the same Simone.’ Amen, sister.
She can fly
Oh yes, the next-level routines. All the judges, past Olympic champs, coaches, and other insiders are rating Simone as the greatest ever. ‘She’s certainly doing the most difficult work we’ve ever seen,’ says Christine Still, a gymnastics coach and member of BBC Sport’s commentary team. ‘In terms of performance and her ability to perform again and again, she’s the best I’ve ever seen.’ Casual.
Her glittering under eye liner is pretty perfect, too
Let’s face it, it’s the only part of this woman’s success that we might be able to recreate for ourselves.
She’s got her own Simojis
Forget Kimojis, this is the pack to download.
She’s all about best friend goals
‘We are like sisters,’ said her USA team mate Alexandra Raisman when Simone took gold and she took silver. ‘I told her before today, I want you to win and I want second. No-one goes into this thinking they can beat Simone.’
She’s got all kinds of celebrity fans
Hillary Clinton, Zac Efron, Taylor Swift… tons of A-listers have been showing their support for her phenomenal talents.
And yet she isn’t afraid to fan-girl over a few famous athletes herself
We LOVE following Simone on Instagram. Why? Because she is just like all of us when she sees a star athlete she loves…
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