Simone Biles' Best Podium Performance Was Escaping the Bee in Her Bouquet at the 2014 World Championships

By Stephen Douglas
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Simone Biles has been on top of the gymnastics world for a few years now, but for many, the 2016 Rio Olympics was her coming out party. Before bursting into the mainstream, Biles won gold medals at the World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in the all-around and floor exercise in 2013, 2014 and 2015. She also medaled on the balance beam and vault all three years, so her domination in Rio is nothing out of the ordinary for those who follow gymnastics between Olympics. She also once successfully fought off a bee on the podium.

This is from the medal ceremony for the individual all-around competition at the 2014 World Championships in Nanning, China. Fierce Five member Kyla Ross won the bronze, but it was Romanian silver medalist Larisa Andreea Iordache who gave Biles the bad news about the bee in her bouquet. (Iordache smartly waited until after The Star-Spangled Banner finished playing before saying anything.)

You have to hand it to Biles. Even when she’s panicking and running from a bee, she does a pretty good job of staying composed and keeping a smile on her face in case the judges are watching.

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