– Olympic gymnastics champion and world record holder Sasha Banks has taken on the task of being the first female athlete to hold two world championships in the same event.
Banks, who won gold at the Athens Games in 2004, is the first American to win both the individual and team titles at the Games.
The 25-year-old will face off against her teammate Simone Biles in the women’s 100-meter butterfly final Friday at the Olympics, a rematch of last year’s final in which Banks won gold.
Balls is the latest American athlete to have been crowned Olympic gold.
American record holder Gabby Douglas won gold in the 200-meter freestyle at last year`s London Olympics, and American record-holder Lauren Rousseau won gold last month in the 800-meter individual medley.
Both women have been the subject of scrutiny for their personal lives.
Bells is married to former UFC light heavyweight champion Chad Mendes, who is also the daughter of UFC champion Georges St-Pierre.
Mendes also has a daughter, Kendall.
Biles, the former NCAA champion, was the first openly gay athlete in a professional sports league to win an Olympic medal.
She was also the first black female gymnast to win a medal.
Browsers and a camera crew take pictures of a gymnastics statue at the 2012 Atlanta Olympics.