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Simone Biles as powerful as male gymnasts, Jonathan Horton says

Simone Biles



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The high praise continues to roll in for U.S. gymnast Simone Biles.

“There is the men’s gymnasts that have this much power, and then there is women’s that have this much, way down here, and she has closed it,” two-time U.S. Olympian Jonathan Horton said in a report from NBC affiliate WTHR in Indianapolis. “She is the first female gymnast I have ever seen that is as powerful or maybe more than the most powerful male gymnast.”

Biles is the two-time reigning World all-around champion who hasn’t lost an all-around competition anywhere in two years.


Horton’s comments echo what 1976 Olympic all-around champion Nadia Comaneci said in April and what 1984 Olympic all-around champion Mary Lou Retton said last August.

“She is as dominant as Michael Jordan was when he was on the top of his game,” USA Gymnastics president Steve Penny said in the report. “She is as dominant as LeBron James. She is as dominant as Tom Brady. She is as dominant as any athlete in any sport, and she’s an 18-year-old kid.”

Biles is set to compete in the Secret U.S. Classic in Hoffman Estates, Ill., on Saturday (7:30-9:30 p.m. ET on Universal Sports) and the P&G Championships in Indianapolis in August.

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