Gold Medalist Simone Biles Doesn't Want You To Compare Her To Other Olympians

"I'm the first Simone Biles."

On Thursday, U.S. gymnast Simone Biles earned her second Olympic gold medal, this time taking the top spot in the individual all-around final. Her teammate Aly Raisman, meanwhile, walked away with silver.

19-year-old Biles is already the first gymnast to win the women's world championship three years in a row. With this newest medal, she also becomes the first American woman to hold both the world and Olympic all-around titles at the same time. It's led many to call her the greatest gymnast of all time.

How does Biles respond to her incredible success? For one, she doesn't want anyone comparing her to other star athletes — for example, Michael Phelps, who last night won his twenty-second gold and broke a 2,168-year-old Olympic record.

According to Omnisport, Biles shared this instantly quotable insight after her latest win:


"I'm not the next Usain Bolt or Michael Phelps. I'm the first Simone Biles."

Biles' pride and celebration of her individual achievement is admirable, and her words send an important message to young women that their success doesn't have to be described in the context of their male counterparts. There's no denying Biles is a champion in her own right.

The gymnast also responded to her win on Instagram, writing the following:

Tonight my dream came true. There are no right words to describe the feeling right now. Can't thank everyone enough for all the endless amount of love and support. 

She signed the message, "Much love, your 2016 Olympic Champion."

Biles is just getting started. She has the potential to win five gold medals this year, so stay tuned.


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