Selfie-seeking fans of gold-medal-winning United States gymnast Simone Biles delayed the closing ceremony of the Rio Olympics.
While Japan has a rich legacy in the sport, gold medals for Britain in Olympic gymnastics are like London buses: you wait 120 years for one and then two come along at once.
"Mary Carillo, a former Olympian and NBC commentator, called her "the most stunning athlete I've ever seen" as the U.S flag towered above Biles' 4′ 9" frame.
Tonga taekwondo star Pita Taufatofua, who became a sensation during the opening ceremonies, even got his time in the spotlight, appearing onstage alongside representatives from other nations. She also went on to thank the host city, Rio de Janeiro for putting up an "incredible" show. In Brazil, Biles, 19, collected four gold medals and a bronze. Winning four golds at one Olympics has been accomplished by only three other women.
As for Biles, she will be only the second USA gymnast ever to serve as the country's flag bearer since Alfred Jochim had the honor in the 1936 Berlin Olympics. People who do not usually find themselves watching sports are suddenly intrigued to watch the best athletes of the world compete for the coveted gold medal awarded in each event. Nine times since 1995 the US men have been disqualified or dropped the baton at the Olympics or world championships.
Michael Phelps entered the Rio Olympics, his fifth, with 22 Olympic medals; he left with 28, 23 of them gold.
Biles had the honor of carrying the American flag during the closing ceremony on Sunday.
Each gold medal, produced by the Mint of Brazil, actually is mostly made of silver and plated with 6 grams of gold. Who would underestimate her at this point?