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Zac Efron Surprises Olympian Simone Biles in Rio -- Insane Cuteness Ensues

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Deborah Day is a lifestyle and entertainment writer and editor. Former editor in chief of and executive editor of, she has been published on,,, and other media sites, as well as in Maxim, Interview and Time Out NY magazines.
Zac Efron Surprises Olympian Simone Biles in Rio -- Insane Cuteness Ensues
Simone tweeted: 😘🌹 just call me mrs. efron already Photo Credit: @Simone_Biles/Twitter

The OMGs just roll off the tongue in today’s dose of feel-good Olympic coverage when you see four-time gold medalist Simone Biles in the arms of her crush, film star Zac Efron.

Video of the Day

The pure joy of Biles and her USA Gymnastics teammates’ reactions when realizing that Efron, star of “Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates,” had flown to Rio to surprise them causes a severe case of the feels that's hard to shake. (Just go with it.)

Look at that face.

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Look at that reaction.

Insane, Olympic-size cuteness happening.

And he lifts more than her spirits.

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But some athletes are feeling a bit left out of the lovefest. Men’s gymnastics bronze-medalist Arthur Nory Mariano ― aka (but not really) Simone Biles’ “Brazilian boyfriend” ― took to Instagram to stake his claim, saying, “Hey @zacefron I saw her first... She is my girl. Proud of you Simone! You are phenomal in whole world and special. You made history. Love u.”

And U.S. track and field star Lolo Jones tweeted at Biles, “And if u want to compete in another Olympics Simone back the Flip away from my crush,” to which Biles responded, “fight me LoLo 😂❤️👊🏾”

Has the threat of a girlfight ever been more adorable? (They’re joking, of course.)

The Rio Rewards Keep Coming for Simone Biles

Biles more than earned her Efron reward: The 19-year-old ends her 2016 Olympic run as the first U.S. woman to win four gymnastics gold medals in a single Olympic Games.

Can We See the Zac Efron Replay, Bob?

In an interview later with NBC’s Bob Costas, 2016 team captain and five-time Olympic medalist Aly Raisman divulged that the team had a date to eat pizza with the film star.

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While reviewing the replay footage of their big surprise, Raisman noted to Biles that their teammate Laurie Hernandez snuck in an Efron hug first.

“Are you going to kill her?” Raisman asked.

“Yes!” Biles replied with a comic snarl. “Yes, I am going to kill her!”

Costas revealed that NBC’s Today show had invited Efron, who will next be seen in “The Masterpiece” with James Franco, alongside Hugh Jackman in the biography of circus impresario P.T. Barnum, “The Greatest Showman on Earth,” and the film remake of ’90s-era TV hit “Baywatch.”

Bonus Feels…

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This article was updated on Thursday, August 18, 2016, to include Mariano’s Instagram post.

What Do YOU Think?

Have you been following Team USA’s female gymnasts? Are you happy for their big surprise? How cool is Efron for making the trip? Let us know in the comments!

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