The five medals Simone Biles spent the better part of a week so easily collecting at the world gymnastics championships will join the nine others she’s captured in a safe somewhere back in Texas.
Maybe one day she’ll take them out and admire her unprecedented success. Not anytime soon though.
For now, there is only a brief but well-deserved break. Then it’s on to that distant speck on the horizon that isn’t much of a speck anymore.
The Olympics loom nine months away. Barring injury, Biles will head to Rio de Janeiro as an overwhelming favorite with the pressure that comes with it. Yet if there’s anything she’s proven to herself during her run at the top, it’s nothing she can’t handle.
“I think I’ve done a pretty good job at masking it over the years,” Biles said on Sunday after adding two more gold medals to her rapidly expanding pile.
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