Simone Biles made history this weekend, becoming the first female gymnast to land two new moves in competition on her way to a record-tying 6th title at the 2019 U.S. Gymnastics Championships in Kansas City, Missouri.
Between the preliminary events on Friday and finals on Sunday, Biles made history three times, consisting of two new moves, and securing her record-tying all-around win. First, on Friday, she cleanly completed a double-double dismount (a double twist and double somersault) on balance beam.
While Simone didn't complete the move flawlessly on Friday, she attempted a triple-double in floor. She said, "I was really frustrated because I know how good I am and how well I can do." However, on Sunday, she completed the move, becoming the first woman to effectively land the triple-twist, double-flip move in her first pass on floor, beaming with her accomplishment.
The move allowed Biles to comfortably earn a first-place finish. With the win, she is now tied with Clara Schroth Lomady for most national titles at 6; which is a record that has been on going since the 1950s. On top of the all-around first place finish, she also got first in individual events for vault, balance beam and floor. She finished third in uneven bars.
Simone said, "I'm really happy with the beam dismount and how it's come along, because if you had asked me after U.S. Classic if I was going to complete it, I would've said no. I feel like in those short two weeks we did a lot of work on a couple of the events, so I'm pretty excited with how it turned out."
Looking forward, if she successfully completes the floor and/or beam moves at an international meet, the skill will be named after her. The floor triple-double would be called the Biles II, as she already has one floor trick named after her. She has a chance to do so at the World Championships in Germany.