Gymnast Simone Biles stays grounded as expectations build

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The USA women’s gymnastics team reacts to being selected to compete in the Rio Olympics.

SAN JOSE — After making her first Olympic team, Simone Biles was happy and relieved. Both are to be expected, but it’s the latter emotion that reveals most about a gymnast who has been the best in the world for the last three years.

For Biles and Aimee Boorman, her longtime coach, getting on the team was the focus and ultimate goal. For everyone else, it was a mere formality for a gymnast who will be favored to win multiple gold medals in Rio de Janeiro. “A little bit of both, because for the past three years it’s been a dream,” Biles says. “But once it comes true, you don’t even believe it. It’s kind of like a fairy tale, but you have to keep going, and I know this is just the beginning.”

For those who measure gymnastics success by what they do in the Games every four years, it is

Article source: http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/olympics/rio-2016/2016/07/30/gymnast-simone-biles/87773702/

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