In 1 quote, Simone Biles perfectly summed up her remarkable Olympic legacy

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Shortly after winning the gold medal in the women's individual all-around competition at the Olympic Games on Thursday, American gymnast Simone Biles discussed her legacy.

"I've finally done it. It's so exciting," she said, according to Omnisport.

Then she addressed those who would measure her accomplishments against other, notably male Olympic legends.

"I'm not the next Usain Bolt or Michael Phelps. I'm the first Simone Biles," she reportedly said.

"I'm not the next Usain Bolt or Michael Phelps. I'm the first Simone Biles."

It's an important distinction for a young woman who is widely considered the best gymnast in the world.

In One Quote, Simone Biles Perfectly Summed Up Her Remarkable Olympic Legacy
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Her accomplishments — which include two Olympic gold medals and three consecutive individual all-around world championships — have cemented her as a unique talent in her own right, and in many ways, a pioneer.

Biles' victory on Thursday made her not just the fourth American gymnast in a row to win the individual all-around competition at the Olympics, but the second black American to do so.

The 19-year-old is also the most decorated black gymnast in history — and according to some, the best gymnast of all time.

"I would say yes," said women's gymnastics team coordinator Martha Károlyi, when asked if Biles was the greatest ever, according to USA Today.

That's high praise coming from arguably the most legendary gymnastics coach in history. Károlyi has appeared in 11 straight Olympics as either a coach or team coordinator, and coached Nadia Comaneci to her famous perfect "10" on the uneven bars at the 1976 Games.

Biles, in this sense, is inarguably in legendary company. But in terms of her own personal accomplishments, she's in a class of her own.

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2016 Rio Olympics - Artistic Gymnastics - Victory Ceremony - Women's Individual All-Around Victory Ceremony - Rio Olympic Arena - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 11/08/2016. Simone Biles (USA) of USA bites her gold medal on the podium after winning the women's individual all-around final. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS.
2016 Rio Olympics - Artistic Gymnastics - Victory Ceremony - Women's Individual All-Around Victory Ceremony - Rio Olympic Arena - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 11/08/2016. Simone Biles (USA) of USA, wearing her gold medal, reacts at a camera after winning the women's individual all-around final. REUTERS/Mike Blake TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS.
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2016 Rio Olympics - Artistic Gymnastics - Final - Women's Individual All-Around Final - Rio Olympic Arena - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 11/08/2016. Simone Biles (USA) of USA competes on the beam during the women's individual all-around final. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS.
2016 Rio Olympics - Artistic Gymnastics - Final - Women's Individual All-Around Final - Rio Olympic Arena - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 11/08/2016. Simone Biles (USA) of USA competes on the beam during the women's individual all-around final. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS
2016 Rio Olympics - Artistic Gymnastics - Final - Women's Individual All-Around Final - Rio Olympic Arena - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 11/08/2016. Simone Biles (USA) of USA celebrates winning gold in the women's individual all-around final. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS.
2016 Rio Olympics - Artistic Gymnastics - Final - Women's Individual All-Around Final - Rio Olympic Arena - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 11/08/2016. Simone Biles (USA) of the United States competes on the uneven bars. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS.
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