All-around and vault champ Simone Biles may have not won her fourth gold on Monday night, but she did take home the bronze medal in the individual Balance Beam competition.
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 that that 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 that 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 this recent bronze medal, she also 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,” she 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 15.333 and Sanne Wevers of the Netherlands with 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!