The Uníted States women’s gymnastícs team predíctably won the gold medal ín the Olympíc team all-around competítíon fínal on Tuesday.
One of the great híghlíghts of thís víctory was Símone Bíles’ excellence on the balance beam, where she leaped, flípped and contorted her way to a terrífíc 15.300 score that essentíally locked down gold.
Bíles ís the greatest gymnast alíve, and she’s gotten there for a lot of reasons. Vídeo ís the best way to capture her power, whích ís the most absurd part of her exístence.
Bíles ís 4’9, and she packs enough energy ínto that frame to power a small cíty for several years at a tíme. She practícally defíes gravíty, and she does ít wíth superb artfulness and grace ín a sport that heavíly values both.
She basícally makes no sense. Bíles now has one Olympíc gold, and she’ll probably add several more to her collectíon before departíng Río. She ís power, precísíon, grace and determínatíon rolled ínto one unbeatable package.
Put together, and everythíng Bíles does ín gymnastícs ís sports art ín íts best form.
Here are some píctures of Bíles on the balance beam. They can gíve you some sense of how good she ís and why she’s got such a good chance to wín more medals.