The high praise continues to roll in for U.S. gymnast Simone Biles.
“There is the men’s gymnasts that have this much power, and then there is women’s that have this much, way down here, and she has closed it,” two-time U.S. Olympian Jonathan Horton said in a report from NBC affiliate WTHR in Indianapolis. “She is the first female gymnast I have ever seen that is as powerful or maybe more than the most powerful male gymnast.”
Biles is the two-time reigning World all-around champion who hasn’t lost an all-around competition anywhere in two years.
“She is as dominant as Michael Jordan was when he was on the top of his game,” USA Gymnastics president Steve Penny said in the report. “She is as dominant as LeBron James. She is as dominant as Tom Brady. She is as dominant as any athlete in any sport, and she’s an 18-year-old kid.”
Biles is set to compete in the Secret U.S. Classic in Hoffman Estates, Ill., on Saturday (7:30-9:30 p.m. ET on Universal Sports) and the P&G Championships in Indianapolis in August.
Dutchwoman Anna van der Breggen added the road race crown to her time trial victory at the world road cycling championships, becoming the second rider in history to win both events at the same edition.
“This is, for me, pretty good so far,” she said.
Van der Breggen, the Rio Olympic road race champion, won after a solo attack with more than 25 miles left of an 89-mile course in Imola, Italy, on Saturday.
She prevailed after more than four hours of racing by 80 seconds over countrywoman Annemiek van Vleuten, the 2019 champion. Van Vleuten raced nine days after breaking her left wrist in a Giro Rosa crash.
Italian Elisa Longo Borghini took bronze in the same time as van Vleuten after losing a photo-finish sprint. Lauren Stephens was the top American in 11th.
The race lacked American standout Chloé Dygert, who crashed out of the time trial while leading on Thursday and required leg surgery.
Van der Breggen joined Frenchwoman Jeannie Longo as the only male or female cyclists to sweep the time trial and road race at a single worlds. Longo did so in 1995 at age 36.
Van der Breggen, 30, said in May that she will retire after the 2021 Olympic season.
It will be the end of one of the great cycling careers. She is now a three-time world champion and nine-time world medalist to go along with her road race gold and time trial bronze in her Olympic debut in Rio.
Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams can each tie Grand Slam singles titles records at the French Open, with daily live coverage among NBC Sports, Peacock and Tennis Channel.
NBC coverage starts Sunday with first-round action at Roland Garros, its 38th straight year covering the event. Tennis Channel airs the majority of weekday coverage. Peacock, NBC Universal’s new streaming service, has middle weekend broadcasts.
All NBC TV coverage alo streams on NBCSports.com/live and the NBC Sports app.
Nadal is the primary men’s storyline, favored to tie Roger Federer‘s male record of 20 major titles and extend his own record of 12 French Open crowns. Federer is absent after knee operations earlier this year.
The Spaniard’s primary competition is top-ranked Novak Djokovic, the 2016 French Open champion whose only defeat in 2020 was a U.S. Open default for hitting a ball that struck a linesperson in the throat.
Williams bids again to match the overall Grand Slam singles mark of 24 held by Australian Margaret Court. Williams, a three-time French Open champion, lost in the third and fourth round the last two years and is coming off a U.S. Open semifinal exit.
The women’s field is led by 2018 champion Simona Halep but lacks defending champion Ash Barty of Australia, not traveling due to the coronavirus pandemic. Also out: U.S. Open winner Naomi Osaka, citing a sore hamstring and tight turnaround from prevailing in New York two weeks ago.