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Talk about confidence. When Thursday started, Simone Biles and Aly Raisman had a hunch they would be back on top of the Olympic medal podium by nightfall.
"As soon as I woke up yesterday I walked into Aly’s room and I said, 'I have a really good feeling about today,' and she said, 'me, too,'" Biles said in an exclusive interview on TODAY, the morning after earning an Olympic gold medal in the individual all-around competition.
It was the fourth consecutive time an American woman nabbed the title — and the fifth time overall in history. Biles got to share the podium with her team captain, Raisman, who earned silver in the competition.
The victory represented a personal redemption for Raisman. Four years ago during the London Games, she went home without a medal in the all-around competition despite being tied for third. A complicated tie-breaking procedure instead gave the award to Russia’s Aliya Mustafina.
“It was a very heartbreaking but I just used it for motivation every single day in the gym,” Raisman said Friday.
Raisman said she couldn't help get overwhelmed by emotion after finishing, particularly after hearing cheers from the crowd.
“It was a very special moment I’ll never ever forget,” she said.
Both Biles and Raisman helped the American women's team win gold on Tuesday, when they revealed they had dubbed themselves the "Final Five" as a nod to being the last Olympic team of their retiring coach, Marta Karolyi.
With her win Thursdsay, Biles assumed the title of Olympic all-around gymnastics champ from her teammate, Gabby Douglas, who this year watched from the stands after finishing third in the preliminary rounds for the event. Only the top two scorers from each country are allowed to move forward to the final competition.
Douglas said her teammates "did an amazing job."
"It was a phenomenal competition to watch," she added.
The U.S. team has several more chances to secure gold: Madison Kocian will be competing on the uneven bars and Laurie Hernandez on the balance beam.