Simone Biles reaches new heights with all-around Olympic gold medal

• Fellow American Aly Raisman wins silver, Russia’s Aliya Mustafina bronze
• Final score of 62.198 marked improvement on winning scores in worlds

Simone Biles stood by herself atop the podium as her national anthem played, the thousands of Swarovski crystals adorning her red, white and blue leotard glimmering in the spotlight that was hers alone – a familiar perch for the teenager who has towered above gymnastics for the past three years.

The 19-year-old from suburban Houston captured her second Olympic gold medal of the Rio Games on Thursday afternoon, winning the individual all-around competition – the sport’s ultimate prize – after anchoring the United States to a crushing win in the team competition two days ago.

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