According to USA Today, while Biles was anticipated to win the gold, a wobble that almost took her off the beam resulted in a deducted 14.733 final score. But the 19-year-old Texan stressed she isn’t beating herself about it.
“The rest of the routine was still pretty good,” Biles said, “so I can’t be too disappointed in myself.”
She also added the pressure to win is really high and it’s hard to block it out.
“It’s something that you guys shove into my head, and at 19, I can’t put that much stress on myself because I am only 19. I think you guys want it more than I do because I just want to perform the routines that I practice,” she said.
Yet, her longtime coach, Aimee Boorman, believes that despite only winning the bronze medal, she saw Biles’ performance as “a triumph.”
“Besides that error, the rest of the routine was excellent. I can’t even critique it. Sometimes your feet slip,” Boorman said.
Yes, sometimes they do.
In the end, Team USA was heavily represented on the podium, with 16-year-old Laurie Hernandez winning the silver with a score of 15.333. The Netherlands’ Sanne Wevers took home the gold with an impressive 15.466.
You better werk, Laurie!
Biles has one more opportunity to win an unprecedented five medals with the individual floor exercise on Tuesday night, where she is also expected to win on her favorite apparatus.
“I think it’s a very good way to end it,” Biles said.
We’re rooting for you, Simone! Good luck!
SOURCE: USA Today | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty