On Sunday, the most viral photo from the Super Bowl didn’t even involve football, but rather two superstars from NBA basketball and Olympic gymnastics.
Simone Biles, the amazing 4’9”, 104 lb. American gymnast who won four gold medals in the Rio Olympics in the events of individual all-around, vault and floor gold medalist, took a photo with NBA Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal, who stands 7’1” and weighs over 300 pounds.
Biles, 19, is the most decorated American gymnast in history, having won a combined total of nineteen Olympic and World Championship medal. Raised by her grandfather and his second wife after her mother’s drug and alcohol addiction left Simone and her three children in foster care and her father abandoned the family, Biles was homeschooled,
Biles was the flag bearer for Team USA for the closing ceremonies in Rio; the first American female gymnast to be given the honor.
O’Neal, 44, won four NBA titles, the 1999–2000 MVP award, the 1992–93 NBA Rookie of the Year award, and was selected to the All-Star Game 15 times. He was elected into the NBA Hall of Fame in 2016.