Simone Biles’ success in world gymnastics competition already gave her a claim as the best gymnast in the world, but her record-destroying performance in the 2016 Rio Olympics erased any doubt.
The average win between 1972 and 2012—including Nadia, Mary Lou, Gabby, etc.—was 0.208 points. Simone won by 2.1. She's the GOAT.
— Ben Cohen (@bzcohen) August 11, 2016
Biles took the individual gold medal by 2.1 points, finishing ahead of American teammate Aly Raisman. Her 2.1 point margin of victory exceeds the margin of all wins from 1980 to 2012 combined. The average from 1972 to 2012 was .208 points. Biles beat that mark ten fold.
Biles had a total score of 62.198 with 15.866 on the vault, 14.966 on the un-even bars, 15.433 on the balance beam, and 15.933 on the floor. Biles had the highest scores on vault, balance beam, and floor. She had the only score over 15 on balance beam in the finals.
She struggled on the uneven bars in Rio, ending that event in second place behind Russian Aliya Mustafina. Biles recovered with her strong performance on the beam, pushing her back to first and Raisman up to third. In the floor exercise, Biles achieved the highest score of anyone on any apparatus that day, scoring 15.933.
The 19-year-old is no stranger to success on the big stages of gymnastics. She is a four-time United States all-around champion and three-time all-around world champion. She’s the first African-American woman to win three straight world titles. She’s also already the most decorated world championship competitor with 14 medals, ten of them gold.
Biles led the United States team to the gold medal in team all-around, adding to the U.S.’s medal collection in Rio.