It's only day six of the Olympics, but stop me if you've heard this before: America's male swimmers were nearly untouchable in the pool. America's female gymnasts were somehow even more dominant on the mat, beam, vault and bars.
Team USA's gymnasts and swimmers combined to deliver five more medals -- including four golds. Michael Phelps made history by becoming the first man to four-peat in the 200 meter individual medley at the Olympics. Simone Manuel made even bigger news by becoming the first black woman ever to earn an individual medal in swimming when she tied Canada's Penny Oleksiak for gold. Somehow, those two monumental wins made Ryan Murphy's 200m backstroke win -- a win that gave him a sweep of individual backstroke events in Rio -- seem insignificant.
While Phelps, Manuel and Murphy starred, no single person on Thursday had a more dominant performance than Simone Biles. The American powerhouse turned her unique ability to negotiate with gravity into a runaway victory, smoking the competition by an unprecedented 2.1 points.
Simone Biles wins individual all-around gold by insane 2.1 points. That's bigger than the margin of victory from 1980 to 2012—combined.— Ben Cohen (@bzcohen) August 11, 2016
But don't let that discount Aly Raisman's performance. The veteran gymnast was left off the podium in 2012 because of gymnastics' antiquated tiebreaking procedures. On Thursday, she avenged that performance with a composed silver medal showing and beat Aliya Mustafina, the Russian gymnast who kept her from medalling in London, in the process.
Kayla Harrison kept that tradition of ass-kicking American women alive when she won her second straight gold medal in the 78 kg judo class. That win marked the end of her international judo career, which leads to a natural question -- is MMA next?
Dominance didn't just apply to America, however. Fiji earned its first ever Olympic medal by treating the Great Britain rugby team like one of Barry Switzer's old opponents. The Flying Fijians won the first rugby gold since 1924 by trouncing the Brits, stomping a mudhole during a 29-0 first half and walking it clean en route to a 43-7 win.
There were other events where Team USA was left out of the medal process as well. There were 18 rowing medals awarded on Thursday, none of which went to American teams. China kept its hold on second place in the overall count with gold and silver medals in men's table tennis and silver and bronze placements in women's shooting. The United States has only an eight-medal lead over its Asian rival, but it also has a 16-11 advantage in the ones that really count.