Simone Biles Takes Her Fourth and Last Gold Medal in Rio in Floor as Aly Raisman Nabs Silver

Image via AP.
Image via AP.

In the last women’s gymnastics event of the Rio Olympics, Simone Biles grabbed a gold medal in floor, while the captain of Team USA Aly Raisman took silver. They were followed by Great Britain’s Amy Tinkler who took bronze.

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Tinkler looked deeply pleased after her performance, which warranted her a 14.933, but increasingly nervous as her competitors followed her, particularly after Biles scored a 15.966 and last year’s gold winner Raisman got a 15.5.

Italy’s Vanessa Ferrari went last, notably tearing up as she realized she would miss medaling in this event for the second Olympics in a row, news that was likely more difficult to handle because she’s retiring.

Seems like a good move to practice stationary on your bed. Image via AP.
Seems like a good move to practice stationary on your bed. Image via AP.

We can all go back to feeling fine about our life skills now sans daily reminders of our own inadequacy.

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DISCUSSION

As an American, I wonder what it feels like to be a non-American at the Summer Olympics. Especially in events like gymnastics where Americans usually steamroll through medals. Do they ever get excited when they hear that Americans are not going to compete in certain events? Do they ever roll their eyes and think, “Oh, Americans are here? Well, I guess I can still watch....”

And speaking of events, what does anyone think of about our Olympic basketball team this round? It’s not the best line up. And they’ve only been winning by single digit points. I think there’s a chance they might not make gold.