Aly Raisman Executes Near-Perfect Beam Routine in All-Around Final

On floor, she was spectacular, putting together her usual soaring, technically hard routine to earn the highest score of the day. However, when it came to Douglas, she didn't crack a smile - and she also didn't stand up.

Check out some of the best moments from the 2016 Olympics in the video clip above. She was ready to have fun.

And, in case you want more of Manuel, she will be competing today in the 50-meter freestyle.

On Thursday night, Simone Biles faced sky-high expectations. He isn't asked the kind of broad societal questions she faces.

After her win, Simone Biles told ESPN she was "more proud of Aly getting silver than [her] gold".

She became the first African American swimmer to win an individual gold medal.

The team gold for the American women on Tuesday, combined with Thursday's performance, was powerful proof of US dominance in the sport.

Biles, Raisman and their coaches Aimee Boorman and Mihai Brestyan hugged as cameramen surrounded them.

And then Simone Biles did what Simone Biles has always done. 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". "You never know the feeling until it hits you". "When you have fun that's when you're most successful".

Michael Phelps is as great as ever.

The 1.45m (4ft 9ins) Texan, competing in her first Olympics, had already helped the United States women to a second straight team gold.

"Nadia was very precise", Karolyi said. With Nadia we wanted to come close to perfection.

She dazzled on the balance beam. Manuel is 5-foot-11 while Biles is 4-foot-8.

One last test awaited in Rio, a contest not so much between Biles and the rest of the field but between herself and the outsized expectations her dominance has created. Solid displays on the beam and floor took her to a total of 56.883, just outside the top 10.

When Manuel looked up after touching the wall, she saw red lit dots on her block that indicated she had at least finished among the podium places, and admitted she was "super surprised" when she turned around and saw the "1" next to her name on the scoreboard.

"I haven't gotten best times in a while in long course", she said, differentiating from the distance she swims in college.

Nonetheless, Manuel looks forward to the day when America takes pride in her accomplishments without having to think of her exclusively based on her racial identity.

"So-o-o-o", Boorman laughed and held out a hand, "Mic drop!" The first time she vaulted, she stopped on the first one, sailed way over on the second and scored a zero. "You have to be fearless". It was the widest victory margin of her career.

Biles's mother had problems with drugs and alcohol and struggled to care for her and her sibling and so they were adopted by her grandparents, Ron and Nellie Biles, when she was five.

In order to preserve the household furniture from destruction, Biles was enrolled in gymnastics classes.

As Vox's German Lopez has pointed out, a simple traffic violation, coupled with systemic racial biases that disproportionately impact poor black and brown people, can create situations in which low-level offenses can spiral out of control into unpaid legal fees people can't afford, or, even worse, an escalated police interaction that could cost them their lives.

"It doesn't even feel real", Biles said.

And American Kayla Harrison won gold in women's 78 kg judo, defending her title from London four years ago.

Only the judges don't hand out flawless scores anymore.

But she smiled instead.

The 20-year-old swimmer from Sugar Land, Texas, tied for first with 16-year-old Canadian sensation Penny Oleksiak in the 100m freestyle.

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