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“She’s becoming not just this bouncy, athletic girl but more of an accomplished gymnast who knows what it takes,” Karolyi said. “She’s somebody who realizes that not only getting to the top is important, but that staying on the top is sometimes even harder than getting up there.”

Kyla Ross, the lone member of the 2012 Olympic team actively in competition, figures to be Biles’ biggest threat to a second national title. The two are good friends - often rooming during visits to the U.S. training facility Karolyi operates near Houston - and there is no simmering rivalry.

Maybe that’s because at the moment, there is Biles and there is the rest of the world.

“She just goes out and does what she can do,” Boorman said. “She never compares herself to anyone else.”