The 23 best photos from Simone Biles' historic gold medal performance in the women's all-around

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On Thursday, Simone Biles made a strong case for being one of the greatest gymnasts of all time in a dominating performance for the ages.

Biles captured her second gold medal of Rio Olympics, winning the women's all-around by a whopping 2.1 points in a sport that keeps score to the hundredth of a point.

Not only was the performance dominant, it was also visually stunning. Below, we collected 23 of the best photos from photographers for Getty, Reuters, and the Associated Press.

Simone waits for one of the events in the all-around.

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Simone sprints down the runway just before the vault.

Simone Biles/Reuters

Biles flies through the air on the vault.

Peter Jebautzke/Reuters

Biles rotates on the uneven bars.

Dmitri Lovetsky/AP

Biles takes one last breath before starting her balance beam routine.

Alex Livesey/Getty Images

At just 4-foot-8, Simone has incredible leaping ability.

Dmitri Lovetsky/AP

And even when her feet are on a hard surface, she still seems to soar above everybody else.

Elsa/Getty Images

She also has incredible concentration as she never takes her eyes off the beam, even when upside down.

Alex Livesey/Getty Images


Dylan Martinez/Reuters

Even with her feet nearly on the beam, she still has her eyes on the target.

Mike Blake/Reuters


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Biles on the balance beam.

Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

It's incredible to think that somebody could go from this position to landing back on a 4-inch wide beam with both feet.

Damir Sagolj/Reuters

Simone pauses after her incredible spin on the beam.

Alex Livesey/Getty Images

She makes it look so easy.

Dylan Martinez/Reuters

Biles is at her best on the floor exercise.

Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

The view from above as she soars during her routine.

Morry Gash/AP

Her floor exercise sealed the gold medal.

Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

Simone poses for photographers.

Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

All smiles.

Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Biles embraced Aly Raisman after winning gold. Raisman won silver.

Dmitri Lovetsky/AP

The pair was inseparable.

Harry How/Getty Images

Simone embraces her fellow medal winners and walks away a champion.

Harry How/Getty Images

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