Simone Biles Is Now the Most Decorated American Gymnast of All Time

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Last night, Simone Biles won gold in the event finals for the vault, making her the most decorated American gymnast, male or female,* of all time. Biles now has 17 medals in Olympic and world-championship competition, surpassing Shannon Miller’s 16.

Biles scored 15.966 points on vault; the silver medalist was more than seven-tenths of a point behind at 15.253. She’s the first American woman to win gold on vault and also the first gymnast to win three golds at a single Olympics (Biles already won gold in the team competition and individual all-around). And she’s not even done yet.

Biles has yet to compete in the event finals on beam and floor exercise. Like in the vault, she had the highest scores in qualification on balance beam and floor. Those event finals are today and tomorrow between 1 and 3 p.m. via livestream, or broadcast in prime time on NBC. She’s hoping to go five for five.

Meanwhile, here are the 17 international medals she’s won to date.

2013 World Championships
Gold: individual all-around, floor exercise
Silver: vault
Bronze: balance beam

2014 World Championships
Gold: team, individual all-around, balance beam, floor exercise
Silver: vault

2015 World Championships
Gold: team, individual all-around, balance beam, floor exercise
Bronze: vault

2016 Olympics
Gold: team, individual all-around, vault

Rock on, Simone.

*This post has been updated to reflect that Biles is the most decorated American gymnast, male or female, of all time.

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