(Photo: Lionel Bonaventure, AFP via Getty Images)
(Photo: Lionel Bonaventure, AFP via Getty Images)

Simone Biles has embraced her greatness.

She has cemented herself as the best gymnast of her, and every other generation, surpassing what she did in 2016. And like Serena Williams and the U.S. women’s soccer team, she sees no reason to shy away from it.

That confidence, and her willingness to own all of her emotions, is what she hopes will be her legacy, every bit as much as what she’s done on the floor.

“It’s important to teach our female youth that it’s OK to say, ‘Yes, I am good at this,’ and you don’t hold back,” Biles said Friday in an exclusive interview with USA TODAY Sports the day after winning her fifth all-around title at the world championships. “You only see the men doing it. And they’re praised for it and the women are looked down upon for it. But I feel like it’s good (to do) because once you realize you’re confident and good at it, then you’re even better at what you do.

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