How do you define a G.O.A.T.?
Is it by awards won? Is it by impact? Longevity?
However, you define it, this week after a two-year hiatus, Simone Biles, 26, has further proved that she’s the greatest gymnast of all time. Biles has just finished competing in worlds, and the outcome is unbelievable.
First, her complex floor routine sealed the deal for the United States to make history by becoming the first and only team to win seven consecutive world titles. Then, she won her sixth all-around world title, making her the most decorated gymnast in the world. However, it doesn’t stop there; she won three more individual medals including gold on the floor, gold on the beam, and silver on the vault. She’s up to 37 medals total now (30 Worlds, seven Olympics), and even though she got second place on the vault, she still got a new skill named after her: The Biles II. She was the first woman to ever land the Yurchenko double pike vault, with only a few men even attempting to land this challenging skill.
Despite her age, it’s clear that Biles will be dominant in the sport for many years to come if that is what she chooses to do. We probably won’t see another gymnast like her for a long time.
By Jael Green
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