Simone Biles Shatters More Records At The 2019 Gymnastics World Championships

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Simone Biles' career total of 25 medals has elevated her to the world's most decorated gymnast (Credit: US Gymnastics/Facebook)

Any doubt that Simone Biles is one of the greatest athletes of all time was laid to rest at the 49th FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships in Stuttgart, Germany. The 22-year-old dominated the competition, which took place from October 4 to October 13, 2019, winning gold in five of her six events. Biles' career total of 25 medals, 19 of which are gold, now exceed Belarus gymnast Vitaly Scherbo's 23 medals, making Biles the most decorated gymnast — male or female — at the World Championships.

“Every year, it feels better and better just because we’re adding to the legacy,” Biles said. “I feel like I never think of records. I just go out there and do what I came to do, which is compete for the country.”

Biles (C) won her 25th medal in the floor routine. USA's Sunisa Lee (L) and Russia's Angelina Melnikova (R) took home the silver and bronze, respectively (Credit: FIG/Twitter)

Biles' winning streak began on Tuesday, October 8, when she helped the American women's gymnastics team take home their fifth consecutive world championship title, tying a record set by Romania from 1994 to 2001. “It means the world to me,” Biles later said. “For my fifth, that’s kind of unheard of, so it was really exciting. But we finished strong, and we gave it our all. It’s super exciting that we had the opportunity to do this.”

With her 21st medal at the World Championships — the most for a female gymnast — secured, Biles turned her attention to the all-around title, which she has dominated since 2013. On Thursday, October 10, the young gymnast outperformed 23 competitors in four disciplines to become the first and only woman to win five all-around world titles. With a combined score of 58.999, Biles outscored silver medalist Tang Xijing of China by an astounding 2.1 points.

The amazing gymnast continued to dominate in the individual events. On Saturday, October 12, Biles won the vault by more than half a point averaging 15.399 for her two attempts. On Sunday, October 13, she outpaced fellow US gymnast Sunisa Lee by a full point, in the floor routine, and her balance beam score of15.066 was six-tenths of a point ahead of silver medalist Liu Tingting of China. The only event Biles failed to medal in was the uneven bars in which she placed fifth.

Biles' wins are even more incredible because of her increasingly intricate and complicated routines. Her double-twist somersault on the balance beam during the 2019 US Championships in August was so difficult that the Women's Technical Committee of the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) did not give the athlete the extra credit it deserved. The committee argued that doing so would encourage inexperienced gymnasts to attempt it, leading to serious injuries.

Simone Biles took home five gold medals at the 2019 FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships in Stuttgart, Germany (Credit: stuttgart2019.de/Dinkelacker)

Given the low score, the gymnast decided not to incorporate the move — dubbed Biles in her honor — to her balance beam routine at the Stuttgart World Championships. However, she did introduce a never-before-done triple twisting double somersault to her floor exercise. Now called Biles II, it is the fourth skill named after her— two on floor and one each on beam and vault!

When asked how she continues to perform at these unprecedented levels, Biles said, "I really don't know how I do it sometimes. Sometimes I wonder how I do it. I feel like it's just like not me. I wish I could have an out-of-body experience to witness it because sometimes I think I'm going crazy."

Resources: CNN.com, NPR.org, Guardian.com

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  • coolcat12345
    coolcat12345Friday, January 22, 2021 at 9:11 am
    Simone Biles=Cool
    • coolcat12345
      coolcat12345Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 9:46 am
      Go Simone Biles!!!!!!!!!
      • ilovetacoslol
        ilovetacoslolSaturday, January 9, 2021 at 11:17 am
        You Go Girl!
        • kotlc_reader
          kotlc_readerWednesday, January 6, 2021 at 10:58 am
          WOW.
          • kath648
            kath648Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 8:10 am
            I did gymnastics before COVID. I can do front flips but not back. I look at these girls and know I will never be like them.. I want to be a nurse when I grow up though so I guess it doesn't really matter.
            • astetic_dreams
              astetic_dreamsMonday, January 4, 2021 at 5:57 am
              The only thing I can do is back pends.😢
              • cozysocks
                cozysocksFriday, January 1, 2021 at 6:40 pm
                I love Simone Biles! I know all kinds of facts about her! like here are some! 1. her favorite kind of food is italian 2. she is the best gymnast of all time 3. she has had the same gymnastics coach since she was 8 years old 4. her favorite color is purple also I LOVE gymnastics I can do a front walkover, back walkover , all kinds of stuff! whenever I have spare time though when I am not at gymnastics or in school I work on teaching myself how to do a front handspring. I have the first part done but how do you launch back up? I try to do it like how I do a front walkover but it just does not seem to work. anybody know? I will like and follow you if you reply to this.
                • coolcat12345
                  coolcat12345Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 9:50 am
                  Amazing.
                  • kotlc_reader
                    kotlc_readerWednesday, January 6, 2021 at 11:03 am
                    That is pretty cool. I can only do cartwheels.
                    • kotlc_reader
                      kotlc_readerWednesday, January 6, 2021 at 11:00 am
                      That is super cool!
                      • kath648
                        kath648Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 8:18 am
                        Wow! I do gymnastic and a semi front handspring too! I have been doing gymnastic since I was 5. Not gonna lie , I have been taking breaks in between tho ̄へ ̄ Like YEAR breaks... ╯︿╰ I do love to do my tricks on my trampoline in my HUGE backyard! cozysocks do you do the same?
                      • melody2010
                        melody2010Monday, December 28, 2020 at 1:41 pm
                        I need somebody to make a diamond crown and just give it to her and tell her to never come back cause she is to amazing
                        • melody2010
                          melody2010Monday, December 28, 2020 at 1:35 pm
                          I like how she smiles the same way every time she wins something
                          • king123omg
                            king123omgSunday, December 27, 2020 at 6:29 pm
                            I can do simple stuff like back walkovers
                            • sweet-readlover
                              sweet-readloverMonday, January 4, 2021 at 5:46 am
                              So can I! Although she is way much better than amazing!!!!!