NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal and gymnastics star Simone Biles may have a lot of things in common when it comes to sports and winning, but height is not on the list.
During his Hall of Fame career, Shaquille O’Neal made fellow NBA players who are equally seen as tall people look tiny. That is to say that O’Neal is really a large human being.
However, this photo he took with 4-foot-9 U.S. gymnastics gold medallist Simone Biles before Super Bowl LI will make you reconsider adding ‘very’ to the ‘large’.
In the photo taken by E! News correspondent Miriam Isa at the NFL final, the two athletes posed for a shot that has gone viral. In fact, the picture seems to capture more attention than any other taken during the Super Bowl.
Shaq’s jaw-dropping height of 2.16m (7ft1) towered over Biles, making him look like a giant beside the petite 1.45m tall 19-year-old.
And oh, wait. Are those heels? Notably, Biles, who won four gold medals at the 2016 Rio Olympics, is wearing heels in the photo, too.
Nevertheless, it would be fair to mention that almost everyone would look small standing next to one of the most dominating players in the history NBA. So why the fuss?
The picture which was shared by Biles was retweeted over 50,000 times. And trust some social media users to grasp the opportunity to create funny memes, offering their humorous thoughts on the significant height difference between the two athletes.
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Biles shot to fame and became a national figure following an outstanding performance as part of the U.S.’s Final Five gymnastics squad in Rio. The rest of the team included Gabby Douglas, Aly Raisman, Laurie Hernandez and Madison Kocian.
Following her outstanding performance at the Rio Olympic games, Biles quickly became one of the most talked about athletes. Now, she didn’t just win a trailer load of medals, Simone was highly praised for her agility on the vault and floor. In addition, her combined 19 Olympics and World Championship medals got her named as the most decorated American gymnast in history.
So, forget her size, she’s good at what she does and that’s what matters.