Was there really ANY other choice for American flag-bearer at the Rio Olympics Closing Ceremony?! Simone Biles absolutely slayed throughout the entire 2016 Games, and she proudly represented her country once more by carrying the U.S. flag during the big finale on Aug. 21. Amazing!
Simone Biles, 19, marched into the stadium alongside the other representatives from the 200+ countries who participated in the Olympic Games. The gymnast looked adorable in white shorts and a matching shirt, and almost seemed to be taken down by the giant flag, but she held it proudly with a smile on her face as she helped lead the procession inside. Simone was such a household name during this year’s Games, that athletes from all around the world were lining up to take pictures with her during this final event — amazing!
After her incredible run at the 2016 Olympics, Simone has become the most decorated American gymnast of all time, so it only seemed right that she had the honor of carrying the flag during this special moment. During the Games, Simone won Gold in Vault, Floor and All-Around, and also took home 1st with the rest of the Final Five in the Team event. Plus, on top of those four Golds, the most won by any American gymnast in a single Olympics, she won Bronze in Balance Beam, and those five medals ties the record of most medals won by an American gymnast in a single Games!
And besides all her professional accomplishments this year, the best moment of the 19-year-old’s time in Rio may have been more personal — she got to meet her longtime celeb crush, Zac Efron! The actor showed up to surprise Simone after her floor routine win, and she literally could not stop smiling. She even got a kiss from Zac and documented it all on Instagram and Snapchat — so sweet!
We cannot wait to see what’s next for Simone (Dancing With The Stars, perhaps?), but for now, we have a feeling she’s going to be riding the high of Rio for plenty of time to come!
HollywoodLifers, what do you think of Simone carrying the flag for the U.S. during the Closing Ceremony?