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Spoilers ahead for some tape-delayed Sunday events.
Simone Biles helped lead the U.S. women’s gymnastics team to victory on Day 2 of the Summer Olympics, easily outdoing second-place finisher China by nearly 10 points with a combined team score of 185.238.
Biles, already a three-time world champ at just 19, wowed onlookers with a total score of 62.366 at the close of her event on Sunday, placing her a full two points ahead of teammate Aly Raisman. Their combined effort was bittersweet, however, as it knocked out Gabby Douglas, a fellow U.S. champ, who will not be able to compete in the all-around final due to a two-gymnasts-per-country mandate.
All eyes were on Biles following a pre-event clip package introduced by Bob Costas, which portrayed her as as your run-of-the-mill teen who just so happens to possesses extraordinary athletic ability. If the fact that she’s expected to walk away from the Rio Games with five out of six potential gold medals wasn’t impressive enough, she started off by showing off the “Biles,” a routine named after her and consisting of two flips, a twist and a blind landing. Needless to say, she left this particular viewer in awe (and thinking he really needs to get to a gym).
Here are some other buzzed-about moments from Day 2 of the Rio games:
* Katie Ledecky of the United States earned the gold when she set a world record, completing the women’s 400-meter freestyle with a time of 3:56.46.
* Later, Michael Phelps won his 19th gold medal in the 4x100m freestyle relay.
* Serena and Venus Williams were defeated in an Olympic doubles match for the very first time, losing to the Czech Republic’s Lucie Safarova and Barbora Strycova 6-3, 6-4. They’ve previously won the gold medal each time they’ve participated in the event (in 2000, 2008 and 2012).
* Least favorite moment: Watching Dutch cyclist Annemiek van Vleuten, who was in the lead, take a horrific fall as she crashed her bike just 11 miles from the finish line. Moments later, Mara Abbott of Team USA rode into first, only to be passed by van Vleuten’s teammate Anna van der Breggen, who ultimately won the women’s road race.
What was your favorite moment of this day of Olympic competition? What are you most looking forward to in the games? Let us know in the comments!