Simone Biles Finishes Rio Olympics With 4 Gold Medals

Simone Biles competes during the Women’s Floor Final at Rio Olympic Arena on Aug. 16, 2016, in Rio de Janeiro.
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Simone Biles didn't become the first female gymnast to win five gold medals in a single Olympics.

However, the 4-foot-9-inch powerhouse joined a very small group of elite gymnasts when she snagged her fourth gold medal of the Rio de Janeiro Games after coming out on top for the floor exercise, Time magazine reports.


According to the report, only four other gymnasts have ever taken home four gold medals from a single Olympics. Biles is the first American woman to accomplish the feat.

Biles' win on the floor exercise comes with little surprise, given that she and veteran teammate Aly Raisman were the top two qualifiers in the event, and also reportedly performed the two most difficult routines in the competition.

Raisman brought home the silver for the U.S., repeating the one-two combo that both athletes achieved in the all-around competition as the only two gymnasts to score above 15.0.

As Time notes, each member of the Final Five women's gymnastics team leaves Rio with at least two medals: the shiny gold from the team event, plus the medals won in their individual events.


It's a bittersweet ending for the group, which will be the last to compete as a group of five. The 2020 Olympic teams will consist of only four members. The team was also the last to be overseen by national coordinator Martha Karolyi, who retires after the Rio Games.

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