The gymnastic competitions came to a close in Rio on Tuesday, but not before the American delegation claimed a few more medals. Simone Biles won gold in the women’s floor exercise, while teammate Aly Raisman took the silver. On the men’s side, Danell Leyva earned a silver medal in both the parallel bars and horizontal bar.

Biles and Raisman via

Biles and Raisman via

For Biles, this marks the end one of most historic runs in a single Olympics. In total, she racked up five medals, four of the golden variety. The 19-year old Biles followed a gold in the team all-around, with victories in the individual all-around, vault, and floor exercise. She posted a third place finish on the beam.

If not for Biles, it may have been Raisman stealing the show at these Games. As a veteran of the sport who won two gold medals at the London Olympics in 2012, she took on a leadership role in Rio. After winning the team all-around, Raisman went on to add silver medals in the individual all-around and floor exercise events.

Danell Leyva via

Danell Leyva via

Leyva ended his Olympics on a high note after an overall disappointing outcome for the U.S. men’s gymnastic team in Rio. The men were denied a medal when they came in fifth in the team all-around. Miami-native Leyva did his best to make up for that with an exciting last day of competition, claiming two silvers, first for the parallel bars, and then for the horizontal bar.

Now U.S. gymnastics will turn it’s attention to Tokyo, where the 2020 Summer Olympics will take place. It is extremely likely that Biles will be back to continue her domination of the sport, while Raisman and Leyva, who have now attended multiple Olympics, are probably done competing internationally.


Joe Frieden is a staff writer covering the NBA and tennis for The Sports Blaze. Follow him on Twitter @SoFlaKing.

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