Once again, legendary gymnast Simone Biles has left spectators speechless. Last month, Biles became the first woman to successfully complete a Yurchenko double pike vault routine. Previously, only men had attempted the routine, reports Newsweek.
- The Yurchenko double pike vault involves a roundoff onto the springboard, backhandspring onto the vault, then two mid-air pike backflips before landing, according to The Hill.
This month, Biles became the first woman to win the national gymnastics championship seven times, reported CNN.
How did Simone Biles make gymnastics history this time?
This weekend the U.S. Gymnastics Championship took place in Fort Worth, Texas. Biles dominated, taking first place in floor, beam and vault, as well as placing first overall, reported Insider. The 24-year-old gymnastics legend scored 119.650 — almost five points more than the second-place finisher, Sunisa Lee.
- The previous women’s record-holder — Clara Schroth Lomady — won six national titles, according to CBS News.
- Biles has now tied the all-time record-holder — Alfred Jochim — with seven titles, according to CBS News.
On her way to winning her seventh title, Biles performed new skills she had invented. The gymnast has four moves named after her, said CNN.
- Biles had a rhinestone goat on her leotard as a nod to those who call her GOAT, or greatest of all time, said The Hill.
Will Biles compete in the Tokyo Olympics?
A four-time gold medalist, Biles is expected to compete in Tokyo but has not yet earned her spot on the U.S. national team. Olympic team trials will be held from June 24 to 27, said CBS News. The top two all-around finishers will automatically qualify for the Olympic team.
- “I feel like every single championship stands out for a different reason, but this one stands out specifically because it’s the road to Tokyo,” Biles said via CNN.
With a history-making competition season, Biles has already been selected to compete at the Olympic trials, said CBS News. She is expected to continue on to Tokyo and possibly show off her Yurchenko double pike vault along the way.
- Biles hopes to become the first woman to win back-to-back Olympic championships in more than 50 years, reported HuffPost.