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Simone Biles's Post-Event Reaction Sparks Debate (Photo)

| by Sheena Vasani
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After winning as series of gold medals in previous competitions, many were shocked to see American Olympic gymnast Simone Biles finish third on August 15.

Instead, Sanne Wevers, 24, of the Netherlands won the gold medal after the Texas teenager, 19-year-old Biles, almost fell while on the balance beam, the Daily Mail reports.

Biles' fellow Team USA teammate, Laurie Hernandez, won a silver medal, scoring in at 15.333.

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Many assumed Biles would win all five gold medals and that that was her main goal.

“She is, in my mind, the best gymnast that has ever lived,” says Nastia Liukin, the the all-around winner in Beijing Olympics, the New York Times reports.

Yet the girl revealed that was an expectation imposed on her by others.

"It is something you guys shove into my head and I can’t put too much stress into my head because I am only nineteen," she said. "I think you guys want it more than I do."

Instead, while she was "disappointed" with her performance, she was pleasantly surprised to even receive the bronze medal.

"I’m a little bit disappointed, but the rest of routine was still pretty good", said Biles. "If you look at the video I guess that my foot slipped. I didn’t know it until watched the replay of it. So I am not exactly sure what happened. But anything is better than falling."

"I don’t even think I was going to medal because I didn’t put our medal ceremony outfit on because 14.7 is not that good on beam," she added.

Still, Biles' coach, Aimee Boorman, say both remains hopeful about her future performances.

"It is life, it happens and she is human," she said. "But she doesn’t like to make mistakes. It is just one of those things. I think she is still going to want to come out and win tomorrow. "

"Tomorrow is another event and it shouldn’t affect her at all," she added.

Biles will make Olympic history if she does win tomorrow's competition.

She would join one of the five female gymnast in Olympic history to win four gold medals. It would be the most any woman has won at the games by herself.

Sources: Daily Mail and New York Times/Photo Credit: Fernando Frazao/Wikimedia Commons

 

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