Simone Biles capped a stellar performance in her first Olympic Games by winning her fourth gold medal, beating teammate Aly Raisman in the floor exercise final. In the history of Olympic gymnastics, five women have won six medals in a single Olympics, and just 12 have won 5 or more in one competition (including four Americans). With her fourth gold in 2016, Biles joins an elite club of gymnasts to stand at the top of the podium four times in one Olympics, a feat that hadn’t been accomplished since 1984. So how does Biles' magical week in Rio stack up to the best performances in Olympic history?
Larisa Latynina (six medals in 1956, 1960 and 1964)
Latynina, who competed for the Soviet Union in three Olympic Games, is the most decorated female gymnast in Olympic history, and her record of 18 total medals is unlikely to ever fall. Latynina won six medals in 1956, 1960 and 1964, including the individual all-around in Melbourne and Rome, and in two Games medaled in 100 percent of her events. Photo via Getty Images
Vera Caslavska (six medals, four golds in 1968)
Caslavska was unable to lift Czechoslovakia above a deep Soviet team in the team all-around in Mexico City in 1968, but she won three event finals and defended her victory in the individual all-around. Caslavska medaled in every single event she competed in in 1968. Four years earlier, Caslavska won three golds in Tokyo, and finished with 11 medals for her career. Photo via Getty Images
Agnes Keleti (six medals, four golds in 1956)
Keleti, a 10-time medalist from Hungary, took four golds and six overall medals in Melbourne in 1956, a Games that featured seven women’s gymnastics events instead of six. “Portable apparatus” was included as a second team event in 1952 and 1956, and it was essentially a rhythmic gymnastics performance where teams would dance and toss objects into the air.
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Ecaterina Szabo (five medals, four golds in 1984)
Romanian gymnast Ecaterina Szabo dominated the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, which was her only appearance on the Olympic stage. Szabo took silver in the individual all-around behind American Mary Lou Retton, but she took gold in three event finals (beam, floor and vault) and led Romania to the team all-around gold.
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Nadia Comaneci (five medals, three golds in 1976)
Comaneci took the world by storm as a 14-year-old during the 1976 Olympics in Montreal, storming to the gold medal in the individual all-around, uneven bars and balance beam. Many gymnasts eclipse Comaneci’s career medal count of nine (she returned in 1980 and won two more golds), but her impact on the sport is immeasurable. Photo via Getty Images.
Daniela Silivas (six medals, three golds in 1988)
Silivas is the last gymnast to take six medals in a single games, taking gold in the beam, floor and uneven bars finals in Seoul along with silver in the team and individual all-around and bronze in the vault. Silivas also recorded seven perfect scores over the course of the Games, matching Comaneci’s record.
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So where does Biles rank?
Modern gymnastics looks nothing like the competitions that were held four-to-six decades ago, when many of these records were set, so it’s hard to say. Had Biles not stumbled on the beam, she unquestionably would have put together the best Olympics in modern gymnastics history, but she settled for a bronze and didn’t compete on uneven bars. Is that more impressive than Latynina and Caslavska’s six-for-six, or Comaneci’s groundbreaking Games in Montreal? That will be up for debate forever.