The Rio Olympics have already been exciting for Simone Biles and Aly Raisman, as the ‘Final Five’ took home the gold in the team all-around competition. But they had to face each other in the individual all-around — who came out on top? Follow along with our live blog and find out!
As the two top-scoring gymnasts in the individual all-around qualifiers, one would think that Simone and Aly were going to be saved for last. But nope, might as well start off with the best, right? Well, this competition is pretty huge — 24 girls doing four different event (do that math) — Aly and Simone were two of the first to go in the vault part of the competition in Group 1. According to the announcers, Simone will be the last gymnast the judges see in this final. It’s only fair to finish with the best right?
After Brazil’s Rebeca Andrade kicked off 15.633 for Aly, 15.866 for Simone, best of the three so far.I’m no gymnastics judge, but it looked like Russia’s Aliya Mustafina had the best landing of the bunch at this point. But her full vault performance wasn’t quite what Aly and Simone’s was, coming in with a 15.200 score.
Because there are so many gymnasts and four different aspects of the all-around, we’ll be seeing different parts of the competition in bits and pieces. Now we’re switching over to beam, where China’s Shang Chungsong put up a pretty solid showing for the first beam of the day. She almost managed to completely stick her landing!
Now we get a glimpse of the uneven bars, where Elisabeth Seitz gave an impressive routine nailing some tricks that some people don’t even try to attempt. Guess that’s the kind of effort you put forth when going for gold, huh?
Let me just say that this as a side note…as fun as this all is to watch, it’s a major reminder that I have little to no athletic ability. (Hence why I’m just watching I suppose.) Anyway, Italy’s gymnast-turned-celebrity Carlotta Ferlito is first to be shown from the floor exercise next. Nothing went wrong with her routine, but it wasn’t anything jaw-dropping.
And at the end of the first rotation, we have Simone and Aly at the top of the competition, with the girls’ vault scores holding them in the No. 1 and 2 spots, respectively. Looking good so far!
Aly’s performance on the bar got her score of a 14.166, which is unfortunately on the lower end for her. It was mainly due to her handstands and dismount, but her score wasn’t so low that other events can’t make up for it. Simone’s performance, on the other hand, was one of the best we’ve seen from her on bars (her least favorite event). Although Simone got a higher score on the bars in her qualifier, she had a little smirk on her face as she walked off the mat — so clearly she was happy with it!
While Aly has apparently said that she knows Simone will get the gold, it doesn’t necessarily seem like the other girls in the competition feel that way. Shang brought her floor exercise score up a full two points, and Aliya put up the best score so far on the uneven bars. This will definitely be an earned win for Simone if she manages to do it!
After two rotations, believe it or not, Simone isn’t in the lead. WHAT?! Before we get carried away, there’s mere tenths of a point separating Simone (2nd place) from Aliya. And she already has her weakest event out of the way, so she could easily still take the gold!
Annnnnd after a balance beam performance like that, I’m thinking Simone just made up for lost ground. Simone did some moves that are SO difficult, including a wolf turn and no-hand backflip. Frankly there were points in her performance where it didn’t even look real. She earned the best beam score of the competition so far…not surprising!
In order for Aliya to hold her first place spot over Simone, she needs a score of 15.400. She didn’t impress nearly the way that Simone did — nor did she stick her landing — so Simone may take the lead once again. In fact, Aliya only managed to pull off a 13.866, giving Simone a full point-and-a-half lead! This even may allow for Aly to break back into the top three!
Aly’s beam performance was near perfection, so there was hardly anything more she could’ve done to move up to medal position going into the final rotations. She earned the second-best score below Simone’s 15.400 for the beam, not quite moving ahead of Aliya. But sliding her way into third after three rotations, Aly isn’t even a full tenth down from Aliya, which could mean the U.S. gets gold and silver. They’ll be closing out the competition on floor, and now things are getting INTENSE!
Aliya did a pretty great job on her floor routine, putting herself back on top. But Aly and Simone haven’t even given their performances…so that kind of means nothing just yet.
Here comes the big guns. All Aly needed was a 14.000 to pull ahead of Aliya for the top spot before Simone takes the floor, and her performance seems like it could’ve earned a perfect score — it was flawless! She earned a 15.433, so she definitely earned the silver medal!
Simone didn’t even need to reach 14.000 on the floor to clinch her gold, so there was hardly any question that she was going to lose to her teammate. In classic Simone fashion, she landed every single part of her routine perfectly, sticking her way into gymnastics history!
It’s official, folks: Simone and Aly are your gold and silver medalists in the women’s all-around! USA USA USA!
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