Reactions To Simone Biles Winning The Individual All-Around Cement Her As A Legend
On Thursday, Simone Biles cemented her status as American gymnastics royalty when she obliterated the competition at the Olympic women's all-around final. Widely considered the most talented gymnast ever and heavily favored to earn gold in each of the events in which she'd compete, the 19-year-old flipped, vaulted, tumbled, and soared to the top of the medal podium. She's the fourth consecutive Olympic gymnast in a dazzling slew of American women to win the all-around at the Games, but reactions to Simone Biles winning the individual all-around cement her status as her own brand of legend.
The American women absolutely killed it in the competition in Rio, with Biles' "Final Five" teammate Aly Raisman winning the silver medal. As a three-time world champion with an incredibly intricate and difficult gymnastics move named after her, Biles is the embodiment of athletic prowess. So watching her represent the United States on the medal podium was mostly a foregone conclusion — but that didn't take away from the absolute awe she inspired in spectators, including former gymnastics Olympians.
Because of the unparalleled difficulty values of her routines and the flawless grace with which she executed each of them, the Biles beat out even her closest competition by a truly mind-blowing margin: Wall Street Journal reporter Ben Cohen tweeted that she won by 2.1 points, a margin of victory greater than any from 1980 to 2012 combined.
Just think about that for a moment before we continue with the very, very well-earned reactions to this amazing feat.
Predictably, one of the most exuberant responses to the gold-silver dynamic duo that is Biles and Raisman came from Leslie Jones, a Saturday Night Live comedian whose enthusiastic live tweeting of the Games from home earned her an invitation to join NBC's coverage of the event last week. She tweeted from inside the arena and, with her repeated, ecstatic screams of "Champions!" summed up everything it means to support team USA and recognize its greatness — specifically, the greatness of these two women:
But Biles' and Raisman's performances impressed those who know the intricacies of the sport as well, because they've lived them. Nastia Liukin won the all-around for the United States in 2008 — Americans Carly Patterson and current Olympics team member Gabby Douglas did so in 2004 and 2012, respectively — and she was psyched for the ladies, as well:
They did it. No words...Tune in tonight on NBC to see these two in the all around competition. Dreams do come true❤️ pic.twitter.com/In4sKwm0Pl— Nastia Liukin (@NastiaLiukin) August 11, 2016
Even McKayla Maroney, who competed on the U.S. team in 2012, was feeling it. A lot:
this was seriously one of the most beautiful things i've ever seen.— McKayla Maroney (@McKaylaMaroney) August 11, 2016
i'm so far deep in the feels i need help out. pic.twitter.com/GYp9dySxh2
And one Twitter user recognized Biles' dominance with perhaps the ultimate compliment:
Simone Biles is the Beyoncé of Gymnastics. Queen — I Always Follow ! (@I_llfollowuback) August 11, 2016
But, like I said, she's her own kind of amazing:
I'm struggling to truly fathom & comprehend how great @Simone_Biles is. It's genuinely unbelievable. Someone make it make sense!— Eshe Nelson (@eshelouise) August 11, 2016
4' 8" high and she jumps twice her height before coming back down #SimoneBiles really astonishing. I'm 5' 1"' might give it a try tomorrow— Karin Smyth MP (@karinsmyth) August 11, 2016
I reached my quota of fist pumps for the year while watching @Simone_Biles on floor today. That was a religious experience. Holy crap.— Glenda Ollero (@GlendaOllero) August 11, 2016
Love watching @Simone_Biles absolutely flawless every time!!— Lauren ✨ (@ginger_sn4p) August 11, 2016
Biles is gym goals, body goals, happiness goals, black girl magic goals...all it. Wishing you every single happiness bbygirl @Simone_Biles— Maya K. (@mayaaliah) August 11, 2016
Simone Biles is absolutely superhuman #Rio2016— Jessica Faye Norris (@Jessi_Norris) August 11, 2016
Even after she won, no one really wanted her to stop:
In addition to slaying gymnastics as a whole, Biles also represents the epitome of #BlackGirlMagic, enthralled fans were quick to point out:
.@Simone_Biles, ma'am. I cannot handle you and all this excellence. All this black girl magic. All this slay. All this finesse. Goodness.— j u l i a ✨ (@juliacraven) August 8, 2016
@Simone_Biles spreading black girl magic across the world right now. Shine on, sis!❤️— harley quinn⚜ (@queentaeee) August 11, 2016
SIMONE BILES YES GIRL I KNEW IT I WAS GOING TO HAPPEN I AM CRYING REAL TEARS I AM SO PROUD BLACK GIRL MAGIC IS SO REAL ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️— June Eric-Udorie (@juneericudorie) August 11, 2016
And that was true even before she won the all-around, for sure:
All this black girl magic Simone Biles possesses ✨ pic.twitter.com/TyqQnNOgAQ— Bri (@ArbriOHH) August 10, 2016
SIMONE BILES EMBODIES BLACK GIRL MAGIC. SHE IS SO AMAZING, I DON'T EVEN HAVE ANY WORDS, I AM JUST SWELLING WITH PRIDE — June Eric-Udorie (@juneericudorie) August 9, 2016
It's impossible not to be super proud of Raisman, the team's captain and a second-time Olympian, too:
As intense and electrifying as Thursday was, Biles still has three more opportunities to win gold during these Olympics: on the beam, vault, and floor. That's three more chances for Americans to express just how impressed they are by the seemingly unbeatable prodigy.