Simone Biles' Beam Bronze Proof That Perfection Isn't a Guarantee, Even for Her

Simone Biles put both hands on the balance beam Monday afternoon, and that one slip was enough to ruin her bid for five golds in Rio.

Biles had to settle for bronze. Her teammate Laurie Hernandez won silver and Sanne Wevers of the Netherlands won gold.

Such is sports. 

Biles is no different than the greatest Olympians ever. Mistakes happen. And no event in any sport is as mistake-laden as the balance beam. It's only four inches wide, daring the world's best gymnasts to flip and land. 


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