Simone squared: Gymnast Biles and swimmer Manuel both win Olympic gold

Simone squared: Gymnast Biles and swimmer Manuel both win Olympic gold

Simone Biles and Simone Manuel

Thursday at the Rio Olympics belonged to Simone.

She beat out a field of fierce competitiors to win gold, and was embraced by her ecstatic teammates and coach before stepping up onto the top step of the podium to receive her medal. As she waved to the crowd and held back tears, little girls all over America watched her on TV and said, “I want to be like Simone.”

Either one will do.

On Thursday afternoon, 19-year-old gymnast Simone Biles won all-around gold, capping off her four-year run of dominance that included three straight world all-around titles, 14 total world championship medals and four national all-around golds.

Later that night, 20-year-old swimmer Simone Manuel tied for gold in the 100m freestyle race, becoming the first African-American female swimmer to win an individual Olympic gold medal.

And to put a cherry on top of their respective victories, they took a selfie together.

The pair had met before at a pre-Olympic media summit. Both being amazing athletes from Houston, Texas, they probably had a lot to talk about. One thing they don’t have in common? Their unique perspectives on the world. Manuel is 5-foot-11 while Biles is 4-foot-8.
When they got to Rio, they hung out again in the Athletes Village.

And then they inspired the nation, from fellow Olympians to future Olympians.

Finally, a hometown fan digitally altered some local graffiti to honor both Simones.

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