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Ryan Murphy

“I just said the other day for me Nadia Comaneci is our first Olympic champion and Simone is my last Olympic champion.

The gold medal hanging around her neck says it all.

After Biles' incredible performance to take the all-around gold medal in women's gymnastics Thursday, she reflected on her legacy.

Biles took gold ahead of U.S. teammate Aly Raisman and Russia's Aliya Mustafina after finishing off with a dazzling floor routine. I'm the first Simone Biles. So, I just stay out of it. "I'm really, really happy". "My mum, Nellie, got me a rosary at church", she told the magazine. Back then, reigning world champion Jordyn Wieber was favored to win, and Douglas was hot off a win at trials, but it was Raisman who finished first in qualification.

The 2.1-point margin of victory is larger than the combined margin by which she won her three world all-around titles (2.075). She never wanted to push the talented Biles too hard or too fast because she's seen too many gymnasts burn out or get hurt.

That puts Biles above many great gymnasts that Karolyi has worked with in a long and distinguished career. She soars higher than other gymnasts, does moves others can never attempt.

Biles became the fourth straight American woman to capture the all-around and fifth overall. Russia's Aliya Mustafina took the bronze.

Where to start judging Biles after her romp to gold in the gymnastics all around? "I'm the first Simone Biles", she reportedly said.

The all-around requires talent on four pieces of equipment - the vault, the uneven bars, the balance beam and floor exercise mat.

By age 16 she was world champ, so good that she developed a Serena Williams-like psychological advantage over opponents (Williams was at the arena watching Thursday).

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Taking you step by step through Biles' routines - nearly ideal on the vault, a tad less flawless on the bars, riveting on the beam, jaw-dropping on the floor - should be left to the experts.

"North is watching @Simone_Biles in awe!", United States celebrity Kim Kardashian also tweeted recently, in reference to her three-year-old daughter with rapper Kanye West.

When Aly started crying, I had to tell her to stop because I knew I'd start crying.

That she did, her smile as bright as the gold eyeliner she wore. However, she's not unfamiliar with nailing it. At one point Boorman pulled Biles aside and gave her a choice.

"Someone could say I'm the best but then there is a whole different side of people saying I am not". Gymnastics chose me. I've loved it every since.

2016 Rio Olympics - Artistic Gymnastics - Final - Women's Individual All-Around Final - Rio Olym ... But you know what, bull--. "It doesn't even feel real".

A 12-time Olympic medalist, Lochte had settled for two silvers and a bronze behind Phelps at the previous three Olympics in the event.

With more likely to come.

Japan's Rie Kaneto won the Olympic gold medal in the women's 200m breaststroke on Thursday, edging out controversial Russian Yulia Efimova who won her second silver of the Games.

But those would only add to her legend. "If I'm the grandma, you'll be the great grandma". She repeatedly has said it's for others to judge.

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