Simone Biles Makes History Yet Again

The 22-year old gymnast made history again on Tuesday. Simone Biles won her 21st World Championship medal, making her the record holder for women. Biles added the record-breaking hardware to her collection after competing in Stuttgart, Germany from Saturday until yesterday evening. Biles broke the record of Svetkana Khorkina, a retired gymnast that had 20 medals. Simone is now only 3 medals shy of breaking the record of medals held by a gymnast, male or female. The record is 23 world medals, held by Vitaly Scherbo.

Simone was able to capture her new medals by performing two risky moves, despite having completed them in August. She is the only person in gymnast history to successfully land both the triple-double during her floor exercise and a double-double dismount on the balance beam. Biles did this during her record-tying 6th title at the 2019 U.S. Gymnastics Championships in Kansas City, Missouri. It is only after completing the moves in an international competition that the moves can then be named after her. After successfully completing both moves at Worlds, the double-double tuck, which consists of two flips and two twists is now named the Biles and the triple-double, a triple-twisting double backflip is now named the Biles II.

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Simone is used to making history at the World Championships. Last year, she became the first female gymnast to win four World all-around titles.

After winning, Simone said, “I still feel like I can do better. My goal going into tonight was to not be great. It wasn’t to do great, it was to do well, and I feel like I accomplished that.” Simone overcame the obstacle of being scrutinized for being too good, as the WTC stated her moves were "too risky" for competition, again trying to dwarf an African American with talent. Not only did she land both moves flawlessly, she did so with a winning score of 59.432 points individually, which also helped the USA win with a tally of 174.205 points, almost 6 points higher than the runner-up, Russia.

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