For some reason, the older I get the less enthused I am about the Olympics. I’m not sure why, but I know I used to be glued to the television about 20 years ago. Now the only people I’m interested in are Michael Phelps—just so I can see if he can make that comeback—and especially the phenomenal 19-year-old Simone Biles, who could win as many as five gold medals in women’s gymnastics. Mary Lou Retton—and others—have called her the greatest gymnast in history, and I’ve certainly never seen her kind of athleticism. She’s tiny (4′ 9″), but apparently made of springs.
Today’s New York Times has an interactive piec on Biles that you can scroll through, seeing lots of gifs of Biles and her signature moves, as well as some analysis that shows why she’s unique. Believe me, if you have any interest in sports, you’ll want to go through it.
I’ll be gone for most of the Olympics, and there’s no t.v. here anyway, so I’ll miss it. The rest of you: enjoy. Here’s a taste: