GYMNAST SIMONE BILES: Historical Landing

Simone Biles solidified her status as the world’s greatest gymnast.

At the United States Championships, she landed two first-ever maneuvers in competition. On Saturday, Biles successfully dismounted from the balance beam with a double backflip with a double twist. Then Sunday night on primetime TV, her floor exercise featured a double backflip and triple twist.

If she’s able to duplicate these feats at October’s world championships, the gymnastics’ world will name the maneuvers after Simone.

Her high scores led Simone Biles to her sixth U.S. all-around title and placed her as the favorite to gold medal at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. (NBC Sports)

Hot Takes:

  • Biles has dominated the sport since 2013 by winning 20 straight all-arounds titles.
  • During preliminary warmups, Biles wore a uniform with GOAT (Greatest of All Time) written on her leotard. Brave putting a target like that on your back.
  • Her only “defeat” was an ill-advised appearance on Dancing with the Stars and finishing fourth.
  • Biles’ performance is inspirational and all, but I’ll stick with Downward Dog yoga class and Child’s Pose.