So much for the pressure getting to Simone Biles. Billed as the heavy favorite heading into the women's all-around gymnastics competition, she lived up to the hype. With Thursday's gold, she extended her streak of winning every all-around competition since 2013, which includes three world titles and four U.S. crowns. That's why, as Nancy Armour wrote, she cemented herself as the greatest gymnast ever.
Martha's husband, Bela Karolyi, didn't disagree.
Aly Raisman, who won silver, acknowledged that Biles is just in another class. "This was the best I could possibly do," said Raisman, who already plans to join Biles on vacation in Belize when the Games end.
And just like that, Biles crowned herself as the GOAT, but don't you dare compare her to Michael Phelps or Usain Bolt.
Michael Phelps won his 22nd gold medal Thursday night after destroying the field in the 200-meter individual medley. It was not close. It's the fourth consecutive Olympics where he's won that event. The only negative, from an American perspective, is that Ryan Lochte finished fifth in what's expected to be their final time squaring off in this event. Outside of Phelps, the prevailing story line among the men is ... just what color exactly is Lochte's hair? Aqua? Green? Cerulean? It's certainly not blond.
Though not as well-known as either of the aforementioned men, fellow American Ryan Murphy is quietly having himself a fantastic Olympics. He won gold in the 200 backstroke Thursday after claiming gold in the 100 earlier this week. It's safe to say that he owns the backstroke.
Even more history was made in the pool. Simone Manuel won a gold medal with a rare tie in the women's 100 freestyle, becoming the first African-American woman to win Olympic gold in an individual event, a FINA official confirmed.
Golf returned to the Olympics, but of the USA's four contenders, only Matt Kuchar shot under par with a 69. We're betting the Americans were just spooked bytalk of snakes and 145-pound "mega rats." As tough as the course was, we still saw the first hole-in-one in Olympic history.
No, not that beach volleyball duo. Americans Lauren Fendrick and Brooke Sweat lost their final qualifying match on Thursday, which ends their Olympic run. Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross advanced safely to the Round of 16.
Kayla Harrison became the first American to defend an Olympic judo title on Thursday, but that was only the beginning. She may be retiring from the sport, but Harrison, a former sparring partner with Ronda Rousey, may have other career plans.
Finally, we'd be remiss for not giving Fiji their first-time love. After 16 Olympic appearances, the tiny island nation earn its first medal. It just so happened to be gold after its rugby sevens team destroyed Great Britain 43-7 on Thursday evening.