Biles and Efron started tweeting back and forth earlier this month, when it emerged that Biles has harboured a crush on the High School Musical actor for years. She even revealed she has a cardboard cut-out of him in her room, which she says she “used to kiss on the cheek.”
It seems like the admiration is mutual. When the pair finally came face-to-face in Rio de Janeiro, Efron said his “Olympic dream came true.”
Efron and Biles shared pictures of the encounter on Twitter, and Efron said he was rooting for the Americans during the floor exercise final.
Biles won the event and completed a historic run in Rio: she won five medals in eight days.
“Just call me Mrs. Efron already,” wrote Biles on Twitter.
So how did the two get together? They have U.S. news anchor Hoda Kotb to thank. The 17 Again actor was introduced to the 19-year-old gymnast during a TV segment with the host.
Biles even took to Twitter to thank Kotb for arranging the surprise meet-up.
The Neighbors heartthrob is not the only celebrity who has shown support for the gold medallist.
Biles was very excited when she received the support of the writers and cast of Pretty Little Liars, which is a high school murder mystery series and one of her favourite shows.
When the official Pretty Little Liars twitter account posted a video of the show’s creator, I. Marlene King, inviting Biles and the rest of the Final Five down to the set, she was ecstatic in her response.
Canadian Shay Mitchell, who plays Emily in the beloved show, also shared her admiration of the gymnast.
On Twitter, the actress said: “Hi Simone, Shay here a.k.a Emily. I’m on set of P.L.L right now and I heard that’s one of your favourite shows. So I just wanted to say thank you so much for all your support. By the way we are so proud of you because you are rocking it over there with all your gold medals and congrats on the Final Five. Go team USA!”
Biles is the 2016 Olympic individual all-around, vault and floor champion, and has finished competing in the Summer Games.
With files from The Associated Press