RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – AUGUST 09: (L to R) Gold medalists Alexandra Raisman, Madison Kocian, Lauren Hernandez, Gabrielle Douglas and Simone Biles of the United States pose for photographs with their medals after the medal ceremony for the Artistic Gymnastics Women’s Team on Day 4 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Rio Olympic Arena on August 9, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
The 2016 Olympic women’s gymnastics team final wasn’t a competition, it was a clinic taught by Team USA. During Simone Biles’s floor routine, with the gold medal essentially clinched, you could see the Russian team — the Americans’ bitter rivals for the last few Olympics — watching Biles work her magic.
The US team should have handed out participation ribbons and charged a fee.
Like we said they would, the Americans ran away with Olympic gold, beating the Russian team by eight points — an ocean of difference in a sport that often comes down to fractions of fractions of points.
There was no drama. There was no excitement. There was no suspense.
Despite the presence of glitter, eye shadow, and elegance, the Olympics women’s gymnastics team final was a slaughter. Here’s how the US team did it.
Simone Biles was Simone Biles
There’s a point where you run out of words to describe Simone Biles’s dominance. The woman has not lost a team or all-around competition in three years. That’s three years with a target on your back. Three years where everyone dusts off their A-game to give you their best shot. Three years of people waiting for you to crack. Three years of competing against yourself because you’re your only true competition.
To me, Biles’s most impressive achievement is that she’s maintained her edge, gotten better and better, and always taken care of business.
Just like she did on Tuesday.
Biles was the only American gymnast to compete in all four events in the team all-around competition, turning in a cumulative score of 61.833. She had the highest score of the night on vault, beam, and floor.
The highest compliment you can give Simone Biles is that she performed like Simone Biles. And Biles was every bit of herself during the team finals.
The US’s “weakest” event was better than any team’s strongest