Is there anything Simone Biles can’t do?
The 22-year-old gymnast has impressed judges and fans time and time again, collecting a total of 22 gold medals, 4 silver medals and 4 bronze medals so far in her international career.
But Biles is always looking to outdo herself.
During a training session at the GK U.S. Classic in Louisville, Kentucky, on Friday, Biles added a never-before-seen element to her floor routine. According to the Olympic Channel on Twitter, no female athlete has ever completed the move in competition.
A day in Lindsey Vonn’s life looks much different today than it used to.
The former Olympic skier and one of the most decorated female athletes of all time announced her retirement over the winter after toying with the idea for several months.
“I thought about it and talked about it last fall,” she told AOL.com of her ultimate decision to retire. “I was getting really tired of having surgeries. I had two surgeries just last summer alone.”
It was an injury in November that really sealed the deal for Vonn, who says she was “literally being held together” by her knee braces while she was on the slopes after tearing her LCL. After the 2019 World Championships in Sweden, where she took home a bronze medal, she called it a career.
“I had a lot of grand plans to have an amazing last season, but not everything works out the way you think it’s going to or the way you hope it’s going to,” she said. “I did the best I could with the hand I was dealt.”
Every other year, the spectacle of the Olympics captures the attention of people from every corner of the globe. This year, we were treated to the Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where record-setting swims, incredible gymnastic feats and the world’s fastest man entertained us for over two weeks.
The action on the tracks, balance beams and diving boards wasn’t all that went on, though — events like the Olympics take plenty of time to prepare and maintain.
(Photo via REUTERS/Kevin Coombs)
United States Olympian Allyson Felix made headlines this week when anunconventional but totally legal dive kept her from a gold medal in the women’s 400-meter race. She’s still a winner in our hearts, though — and in quite a few other events, too.
After securing silver in the 400-meter, Felix officially became the most decorated female Olympian in U.S. track and field history, edging out the great Jackie Joyner-Kersee with a total of seven medals.