Simone Biles

A female gymnast has never won five gold medals in a single Olympics. Simone Biles has the potential to do just that in Rio. After one event, she is one-fifth of the way there.

Biles, competing in her first Olympics as a 19-year-old, led the U.S. to gold in the all-around team competition Tuesday. She was the only team member to participate in all four events, posting the team's best score in vault, balance beam and floor exercise.

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The U.S. edged Russia, which settled for silver for the second straight Olympics. China, the 2008 gold medalist, pulled in bronze to return to the podium. Romania, which medaled every year from 1976-2012, was absent from competition after failing to qualify. The U.S. now has the longest-standing team medal streak, dating back to 1992.


Gabby Douglas and Aly Raisman became the first two American gymnasts to ever win three gold medals. Both were part of the team competition in London, where Douglas won the all-around and Raisman the floor exercise.
  
But the story is still about Biles. Biles still has four events to compete in, more than any of her teammates. She can be seen in the all-around Thursday, vault Sunday, balance beam Monday and floor exercise next Tuesday. On Tuesday, she posted the best score of any competitor in those three events.


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Much like Michael Phelps in 2008, Biles is chasing a perfect Olympics, winning gold in a variety of events. And unlike Phelps, she does not have to rely on teammates like Jason Lezak the rest of the way. The next four events are all in Simone's hands.

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