This past weekend 22-year-old Olympic gymnast Simone Biles made history at the U.S. Gymnastics Championship in Kansas City, MO. Biles performed a complicated floor exercise known as a triple twisting double somersault. She first attempted the routine on Friday but stumbled despite that she was able to make history by executing a double double dismount that night. That didn’t stop her from trying the routine again and she stuck the landing perfectly making her the first woman in history to do so in the competition. That night Biles herself stated to US Today “I was so relieved …today I was very, very pleased” with her performance. She finished the event with a score of 118.500.
Not only did Biles execute the routine perfectly but she also secured a gold medal at the championship. She became the first woman to win six all around titles since 1952. Biles has been doing gymnastics publicly since 2013 and was a four time gold medal winner at the 2016 Olympics held in Rio de Janeiro. Since then she has been able to prove that she is a force to be reckoned with as she continues to better herself. Many people believe that at this point Biles competition isn’t other gymnasts but simply herself as she continues to defy the world of gymnastics.
Overall Biles has 20 medals 14 of which are gold, this being a record for both women’s and men’s gymnastics. If she keeps pushing her boundaries and doing complex routines such as the one she did Sunday, there’s no doubt that she will be bringing home the gold again at the 2020 Olympics.
By Monique Petty-Ashmeade, Senior, Brooks College Prep