‘AirMAZING’ Biles:”I’m not the next Usain Bolt or Michael Phelps,I’m the first Simone Biles.”


For this one, physics is outta of excuses, and gravity takes a break. Simone Biles is the latest definition of amazing. Yes, she is AirMAZING!

After winning individual gold in the women’s gymnastics all-around on Thursday, Simone Biles, in an interview, made a declaration. “I’m not the next Usain Bolt or Michael Phelps,” she said. “I’m the first Simone Biles.”

For me, this is declaration that should serve as the defining moment for the Rio 2016 Olympics! An Olympic quote that should be heard around the world, especially considering the sexist context with which the “compliments” were relayed to the 19-year old world champion, who despite odds (which included turbulent parenting), has risen like a meteor to become a face of “You Can Do It” for the girl-child.

It was a simple tautology—of course she’s the first Simone Biles—that was also a powerful response to the gendered double standards that have so far plagued the 2016 Games. She’s not a lady version of a guy; she is … herself. It was an obvious point that, given some of the media coverage of Rio, was also a powerful piece of media criticism.

Simone Biles has redefined the art of gymnastics. She is a world champion heading into the Olympics, and now, she’s dominant in Rio, shattering and setting records, and making history in the process.

First, she won the gold medal in all-around gymnastics, which basically means she’s the real MVP of those mats. She’s the chief executive officer of tumbling and the chair of the board of bars. This made her the first woman in 20 years to win back-to-back world and Olympic all around titles.

Simply put, Simone Biles went to the Olympics and annihilated her opponents with grace. She did some gravity-defying moves with her body that made me think gravity was just like “I’m on break” whenever she was performing. I took time to watch dem gymnasts do their thing and with Simone, I felt she was doing something entirely different. Simone was in Rio catching air and I wondered if she was wearing an invisible jet pack. Wonders shall never cease. There are superheroes who live amongst us.

Physics is fresh outta excuses for how Simone moves and flips. You’d stand the risk of getting dizzy, watching her mesmerise like a flint in air.

According to NBC, Simone Biles’ margin of victory at the Olympics was 2.1, which is larger than thee margins of victory of winners from 1980 – 2012 combined. Pause, read that again!

The coverage of women’s gymnastics has a long tradition of emphasising the contrasts of its competitors: traditional girlishness on the one hand, traditionally masculine qualities—“power” chief among them—on the other. But, Biles is not the next Michael Phelps. She is not the next Usain Bolt. She is ‘the first Simone Biles., she’s so good she has a particular gymnastic move now named “Biles”

Yes, yes, yes! Tell them sweet baby boo!

“I’m not the next Usain Bolt or Michael Phelps, I’m the first Simone Biles.”


Swing high, swing low, soar, Simone, Soar!

Watch Simone Biles uncut!

Get more stuff like this
in your inbox

Subscribe to our mailing list and get interesting stuff and updates to your email inbox.

Thank you for subscribing.

Something went wrong.


Leave a Reply Cancel reply