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Biles, forced to think as adroitly as she usually moves, had to call security to stop the fans from climbing into the suite. If the pair were to meet - they have been tweeting each other - they could discuss tales of a life lived with devoted fans. If more evidence of her celebrity on home soil was needed, NBC's footage of that St Louis routine - where Biles winked at Johnson - was reportedly viewed more than 11 million times on the internet in just the first few days.
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And it is no surprise to learn that the girl with the megawatt smile is the most searched female gymnast on Google and has her own emojis, with an app launched before the Olympics called Simoji. Her profile is increasing around the world, too.
Following her magnificent all-around performance on Thursday, she was trending on Twitter - generating two-and-a-half times more tweets than anything, or anyone, else at the time.
There's been anticipation for this moment for quite some time. On the vault, she does the Amanar - one of the hardest moves performed by women - and no-one can match her height, execution and consistency. But it is on the floor where she truly astonishes, dazzling spectators with 'The Biles' - her signature move - which is incorporated into the hardest floor routine in history. Almost as exhausting to describe as it is to perform, it is a double backward somersault with the body fully extended, followed by a half-twist and a blind landing.
At the peak of the move, she clears nearly twice her height, the equivalent of tumbling over a football goalpost.
Until Biles did so inno-one had ever tried the move in competition. There was logic behind the bombast - and they were proved right as she sparkled on the grandest stage on Thursday to become only the second woman in history to hold both the world and Olympic all-around titles. Biles performs routines which are so much more difficult than her rivals that others would have to be near flawless and hope for Biles to falter badly to have a chance of catching her.Goldstar gym show #1 - 06/09/12
That has yet to happen in Rio. This special talent - called "a once-in-a-thousand-year athlete" by William Sands, a former research director for USA Gymnastics - is capable of more. Training videos show Biles pulling off gravity-defying tricks on a different level to what is seen from her in competition.
The Jamaican hasn't heeded Johnson's advice because he doesn't have to - he is already the fastest man in history. The same applies to Biles - why attempt trickier routines in public when she is already better than the rest by some distance? She has come up with her own floor move - 'The Biles' How big could she become? Four years ago, Biles' fellow American Gabby Douglas arrived in London with no sponsorship - only after becoming the first black woman to win all-around Olympic gold did big businesses chase her.
Biles, owner of more World Championships gold medals than any female gymnast in history, already has a champion's portfolio with 'wholesome brands' such as Nike, Kellogg's and United Airlines firm in their belief that Olympic greatness is a foregone conclusion. Rick Horrow, visiting sports business expert at Harvard law school, says Biles has the "It factor".
She is not yet a Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian in history, but she has strong foundations from which to build. Impact beyond gymnastics Biles has admitted she has a crush on actor Zac Efron "She's the best I've ever seen," says Olympic all-around champion Mary Lou Retton, while all-around champion Nastia Liukin is equally lavish in her praise, describing her as "the best gymnast that has ever lived". But there is more to Biles than gymnastic genius.
She was adopted by grandfather Ron, an air traffic controller, and his wife Nellie, a former nurse, as her birth-mother, dependent on drugs and alcohol, was unable to care for her eight children. The girl who accidentally stumbled upon gymnastics when on a field trip as a six-year-old is also a member of the most racially and ethnically diverse group of Olympic gymnasts in the American team's history.
Biles is not the first black American gymnast to compete at the Olympics and she is not the first black woman to win the Olympic all-round gold - her team-mate Douglas did so in That wasn't a guarantee when the meet began. Biles spent the night before qualifying in the hospital, dealing with pain from a kidney stone.
The stone was too big to pass and she couldn't take prescription pain medication because of doping regulations, forcing her to simply deal with it. Biles did more than deal with it.
Rio Olympics 2016: Why Simone Biles is the best at the Games
The year-old will head home to Houston with gold medals from the team final, all-around final, floor and vault, as well as silver on uneven bars and bronze on beam. She became the first woman to earn a medal in all four events since Yelena Shushunova did it for the Soviet Union in Biles believes it's just the beginning.
She will visit with doctors to treat the kidney stone, go on a short vacation and then point toward Though she stepped out of bounds on her third pass, her score of Japan's Mai Murakami took third.
Biles wasn't quite as crisp on beam, an event that she has struggled with recently.
She wobbled during qualifying and fell off during the all-around final. Though she managed to stay on during the event final, she found herself off balance on multiple occasions.
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