She did it! Simone Biles has claimed yet another gold medal in her victorious run in the Rio Olympics, destroying the competition in the vault, and made history in the process. Keep reading for more on her epic win.
Simone Biles, 19, just became the first American woman to win Olympic gold on a vault, taking home her third gold medal of Rio 2016 in the process. The incredible Olympian averaged an insanely impressive 15.966 in her two events, and she was rewarded with the gold medal Aug. 14.
The vault event was totally Simone Biles‘ to lose, as the 19-year-old went into the competition with a nearly perfect score in the qualifiers of 16.050. She by far pulled off the most technically difficult vaults of everyone else in the event, and her two routines were absolutely flawless. Maria Paseka of Russia won the silver medal, and Giulia Steingruber of Switzerland won the bronze.
Simone entered the event so far ahead of her nearest competitors, Hong Un-jong, 27, of North Korea and Giulia Steingruber, 22, of Switzerland. She would have had to really mess up horribly to not be in medal contention and especially in the hunt for the gold medal.
Her high scores while competing in all four disciplines — floor exercise, uneven bars, vault and beam — helped lead the U.S. team to a gold medal in the team all-around Aug. 9. Just two days later Simone hit up all of those events again and absolutely nailed them, winning the individual all-round title which is the most prestigious gold medal for gymnasts. Simone has absolutely shined in this Olympics, proving herself to be one of the greatest gymnasts of all time!
HollywoodLifers, what did you think of her epic win? Were you cheering her on the whole time?