“The rest of the routine was still pretty good, so I can’t be too disappointed in myself,” Biles, 19, said after the Olympic women’s balance beam final in Rio, according to USA Today.
Biles nearly fell just after an extremely difficult flip, using her hands to steady herself on the beam as the crowd gasped.
As Biles’ coach, Aimee Boorman, said, according to the Wall Street Journal: “She is human.”
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But Boorman had high praise for how Biles handled her near-fall, according to the Journal.
“I don’t know how she made that save because both of her feet went off the beam,” Boorman said. “So I was pretty impressed with that, that seemed superhuman.”
“I see it as a triumph,” she said of Biles, “and she won a bronze medal on beam at the Olympics. She can be proud of that.”
Biles, a breakout star at her first Olympic Games, was widely favored to win a record-breaking five gold medals and has been called the “Michael Jordan of gymnastics.” To this point, she has earned three gold medals.
“It’s something that you guys shove into my head, and at 19, I can’t put that much stress on myself because I am only 19,” Biles said after the beam final, of the expectations placed on her, according to USA Today. “I think you guys want it more than I do because I just want to perform the routines that I practice.”
Some fans reacted with (sometimes joking) shock or surprise on social media, and many others – including some recognizable names – were quick to rally behind Biles.
Simone Biles got me like pic.twitter.com/pGeX5oNrvu
— Ingrid (@ingriddelangel) August 15, 2016
“Congratulations to our BEAM SILVER AND BRONZE medalists!!! @lzhernandez02 and @Simone_Biles great fight ladies! #TeamUSA #Rio2016,” wrote Shawn Johnson, the U.S.A.’s beam gold medalist in 2008.
— Shawn Johnson East (@ShawnJohnson) August 15, 2016
— Audrey (@BreathlessHarry) August 16, 2016
Let’s be clear: Even without BB gold, what @Simone_Biles doing in Rio is spectacular. No US woman has three golds in single Games.
— Nancy Armour (@nrarmour) August 15, 2016
— Alexandra Raisman (@Aly_Raisman) August 15, 2016
@Simone_Biles Pizza celebration no matter what
— DiGiorno Pizza (@DiGiornoPizza) August 16, 2016
@Simone_Biles I’m very proud to be an American with you representing at the Olympics
— Clarke Shaw (@Catloveralso) August 16, 2016
Summed up one user, “@Simone_Biles I’m very proud to be an American with you representing at the Olympics.”
Biles will compete for a final time on Tuesday, in the floor final – her favorite event.
“1st olympics – 4th olympic medal (3 gold & 1 bronze),” Biles tweeted Monday afternoon. “yall aight out there ? bc I’m more than happy! Floor finals tomorrow, so excited.”