Aug 7, 2021 - Sports

6. Biles vacuums up Olympics attention on social media

Top U.S. Olympic athletes by Instagram interactions
Data: CrowdTangle; Chart: Danielle Alberti/Axios

Simone Biles was a singular presence on social media during the Olympics, with her Instagram account generating more interactions than the next six Americans combined, according to data from CrowdTangle.

Why it matters: Already a premier name on the U.S. Olympic roster, Biles' struggles in Tokyo shifted the focus from athletics to human interest as she dealt with her mental and emotional health.

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