Simone Biles just made gymnastics history once again
Simone Biles is already the most decorated gymnast in American history. But the five-time Olympic medalist is an inspiration and a hero, so she’s not stopping there. Nope, she just made history again at the 2019 U.S. Gymnastics Championship in Kansas City, Missouri, for being the first gymnast ever to land an intensely challenging and complex move during competition. And trust us when we say you’ve gotta see this with your own eyes.
Not only was Biles the first gymnast ever to land this insane double-twisting, double somersault dismount from the balance beam — she was the first gymnast ever to attempt it in competition.
The new move comes at the end of her nearly 90-second routine, when she dismounts from the beam. You can hear the excitement in the announcers’ voices as the end of her routine gets closer, as they wonder whether she’s going to attempt the move. She had made her first attempt on Saturday, but fell forward as she landed so her hand touched the mat.
This time, though, she stuck the landing. You can see it in her face the minute her feet hit the floor — she’s so happy and filled with pride. And the crowd goes wild immediately. They clearly also realize what Simone Biles has just accomplished, making history for young gymnasts once again.
In a press release, Team USA noted that Biles finished this meet a full 1.75 points ahead of second place, even after the first attempt at the move when she fell, writing, “That’s how good Biles is.”
We couldn’t agree more.
They also wrote that once Biles completes this move in an international competition, she’ll earn the right to name it. The Simone Biles Dismount has a nice ring to it, if you ask us.
“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,” Biles said in the release. “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.”
Clearly, this is one of the hardest working athletes in the country, so she’s earned that excitement. And once she earns naming right for this move, it’ll be the third one named after her. She already has her own moves in vault and floor exercise. We stan a queen with all the moves named after her.
Biles will probably attempt the move again (and try for those naming rights) at the world championships in the fall. We’ll be watching, ready to cheer on a hero either way.