Demand for Simone Biles selfies reportedly delays Rio Olympics closing ceremony


U.S. gymnast Simone Biles became quite a star during the 2016 Rio Olympic games – so much so that the closing ceremony was reportedly delayed because so many people wanted to take selfies with her.

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The gymnast, who won four gold medals and one bronze medal during this year's games, was named flag bearer for Sunday night’s show, becoming the first U.S. gymnast to have the honor.

According to the BBC, Biles was stopped so many times for photos during the parade of nations that the show was delayed.

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"What an incredible, breathtaking experience the 2016 Olympic Games this has been. All good things must end," Biles wrote on Instagram after the ceremony. "Thank you RIO for unforgettable memories. Being the flag bearer was a cherry on top! Congrats to all the other USA athletes as well. We killed it out there! GO TEAM USA."

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The United States performed well during the Olympics, winning 121 medals – almost double the next competing nation. China won 70, and Great Britain earned 67.

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“Couldn’t be prouder of #TeamUSA. Your determination and passion inspired so many of us. You carried that flag high tonight, @Simone_Biles!” President Obama tweeted Sunday night.


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