Rio 2016: 'I'm not the next Usain Bolt or Michael Phelps. I'm the first Simone Biles'


Simone Biles' historic performance in the all-around Thursday not only gave her the gold medal, but sealed her status as one of the best gymnasts of all time.

Having put her name among elite Olympians, Biles wants the world to know she has set the bar extremely high in the world of gymnastics.

"I've finally done it. It's so exciting," Biles said after her medal ceremony in Rio. "You never know the feeling until it hits you."

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

Biles' first Olympics have gone perfectly so far. She tallied her second gold medal in Rio, following USA's team gold on Tuesday, and said it was her final event on Thursday in the all-around that was her defining point.

"The floor was my best moment. I'm excited for the other finals now," she said. "I had to remind myself to keep doing the routines we practiced. I'm so relieved."

For the first time since 2008, USA went 1-2 in the all around, with Aly Raisman taking silver after her stellar floor routine. Russian Aliya Mustafina won bronze.

Once Raisman realized she clinched the silver, she dissolved into tears.

"When Aly started to cry, I told her to stop, because I knew I'd start crying," Biles said, who hadn't performed the floor exercise yet. "I had to focus."

Raisman's tears didn't affect Biles too much -- her 15.933 was the best score on the floor and eased her into the Olympic history books.