US gymnast Simone Biles is – without a doubt – not just one of the most dominant athletes at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio, but also one of the most dominant athletes IN ALL OLYMPIC HISTORY.
At these Olympics alone, Biles has racked up five medals: four golds and one bronze. She's also gifted us with countless memorable moments, both on and off the mat.
I wanted to get my appreciation and admiration of Simone Biles out in the open first, so that it doesn't seem like I'm trying to discredit her in any way by telling you that she – like every other Olympic gymnast – apparently has some assistance in nailing her flawless routines.
According to reports, there are actual springs beneath the floor Simone Biles performs on. There are 2,000, in fact. They're what allow her to jump so damn high and dazzle us with every routine.
Apparently, the springs in the floor "are designed to provide the highest levels of responsiveness," and their strategic placement "ensures a consistent rebound across the entire floor area."
According to reports, each spring is 11.3 centimeters high. In its entirety, the floor at the Rio Olympics reportedly costs between $31,000 and $46,000.
Again, I'm in no way, shape or form trying to take anything away from Simone Biles and her accomplishments in Rio. This is simply an interesting behind-the-scenes look at one of the most exciting sports at the Olympics.