Despite the controversy in the lead up to and duration of this summer鈥檚 Olympics in Rio, the games were also majorly inspiring 鈥 and, yes, kinda hilarious.

But they didn鈥檛 just give us memes 鈥 the Olympics also brought us Simone Biles. As a part of the US Women鈥檚 Gymnastics team this summer, the 19-year-old, first-time Olympian took the games by storm, racking up an impressive FOUR gold medals (five medals in total) and winning America鈥檚 collective heart 鈥 yep, even celebs loved her 鈥 while doing so.

Here are some of the highlights from all the joy true American hero Simone Biles brought us in 2016.

1. Simojis: A slew of Olympic athletes released their own emoji apps this summer, including Simone, who curated this collection of emoji herself. Because duh.

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2. That EYELINER: Everyone was all, 鈥淥MG YES, another medal for Simone!鈥 Then they were like 鈥淗OLD UP, IS THAT RED WHITE AND BLUE SPARKLY EYELINER?!?!鈥 And that鈥檚 when we knew we were dealing with a legit hero here.

on cloud 9 馃挋鈽侊笍 @zacefron

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3. When She Met Her Hollywood Crush, Zac Efron: Simone is such a big Efron fan that she鈥檚 even admitted to having a life-size cutout of him in her room. In August, it happened 鈥 the pair met, and it was ADORABLE. Naturally, the affection was mutual: Zac, like us, had been losing his mind over how good she was in Rio before they鈥檇 ever met.

selfie with Kim 鉁旓笍馃槏 just as beautiful in person

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4. When the Final Five Had More Fun at the VMA鈥檚 Than, Like, Anyone Else: Not only did Simone and the crew get to present Beyonc茅 with her Best Female Video award, but she ALSO got to schmooze 鈥 and take selfies 鈥 with her fave celebs, such as Kim Kardashian.

5. When Channing Tatum Fan-Girled Over Her and She Was Chill AF. I mean, of course he freaked out. She鈥檚 the COOLEST.

6. The Final Five at the White House: After the Olympics were over, the Obamas held a celebration for all of the US Olympics athletes at the White House, and NATURALLY the Final Five had to try to school Barack on the splits. ALL THE SOBBING TEAR EMOJI.

PRETTY LITTLE LIARS! thank you guys for letting me see the set today!

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7. When She Went on Set for Pretty Little Liars: In case you haven鈥檛 realized it yet, Simone is all of our long-lost BFF. Her fandom of PLL pretty much seals it, but unlike you and me, she actually got to visit the set, watch them film and hang out with the cast. It鈥檚 yet to be revealed if she indeed filmed her own cameo, but we鈥檙e gonna go ahead and say yes because, hello, dream come true.

8. When She Announced a MUCH-Deserved Break from Gymnastics: Obviously we鈥檙e not stoked to have LESS of Simone in our lives, but when she told Sports Illustrated that she鈥檇 likely be taking about a year off from competing, we were happy to know that she was taking some time to take care of herself and enjoy life, which she so clearly is.

What鈥檚 your favorite Simone Biles moment from the year? Let us know over @BritandCo!

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