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American gymnast aims for more than gold at Rio

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>> Hold on to your seats for what could be one of the greatest Olympic performances ever, by a tiny 4 foot 9 power pack called Simone Biles. With her, the American women's gymnastics team, the darling of America and corporate sponsors, is bound for Rio to defend the team's London Olympic gold.
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And experts say they're looking strong than ever. Reuters' Liana Baker watched them at the Olympic trials last month and says Biles is as good as all that.>> I can't emphasize enough how dominant Simone Biles is. The American in this Olympic cycle has really won every significant event in the past couple years.
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She's been compared to Serena Williams or Tiger Woods in his heyday, she's really that dominant. And some of the biggest greats in gymnastic history are saying she's unparalleled. The only thing that could derail her at this point from getting to the podium is injuries. But her coaches said that they're trying to bubble wrap her.
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>> Joining her, Aly Raisman and Gabby Douglas, who won gold in London. Laurie Hernandez and Madison Kocian round up the five member team, and their competition isn't in great shape.>> The Chinese and Russians are usually standing in the way of the US's podium dreams, but they're in a transition year.
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Russia's very distracted by some of the doping allegations. Romania, another strong country, didn't even send a team this year. They didn't qualify. Take that all together and the gold medal in women's gymnastics is really the US's to lose.>> But the world will be watching for Simone Biles, the three time reigning all-around world champion, to make her mark not just on gymnastics, but on the Olympics as well.