Simone Biles Shatters More Records At The 2019 Gymnastics World Championships


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:

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."


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  • spidermonkey
    spidermonkeyTuesday, April 7, 2020 at 3:13 pm
    • zara123
      zara123Saturday, April 4, 2020 at 1:13 pm
      She is so cool I watch her on the Olympics all the time. I remember that I told my mom that I wanted to be a gymnast, she told me ok. But never mentioned to me again so that way I forgot about it
      • patagonia
        patagoniaTuesday, March 24, 2020 at 10:57 am
        I used to be a gymnastic
        • aquaswirlspin1
          aquaswirlspin1Tuesday, March 17, 2020 at 7:44 am
          I heard she’s a great gymnast. I take gymnastics because my Mom forced my dad to register my brother and I there, and I admit it was pretty fun.
          • aquaswirlspin1
            aquaswirlspin1Tuesday, March 17, 2020 at 7:44 am
            But I’m not really much a great gymnast like Simone.
          • tumbledancer_12
            tumbledancer_12Thursday, March 12, 2020 at 11:11 am
            Simone Biles is my favorite gymnast! I'm like level 4 I think and she is amazing!
            • littleone
              littleoneSunday, March 8, 2020 at 4:36 pm
              Ok go to gyma st I am 👍 good
              • nasaspacegirl
                nasaspacegirlWednesday, March 4, 2020 at 1:25 pm
                OMG!! She is the coolest. that is what I wanted to be when I was little.
                • adonius
                  adoniusTuesday, March 3, 2020 at 10:18 am
                  that is supper cool matter fact that is the coolest thing i ever seen
                  • cocoqueen
                    cocoqueenTuesday, March 3, 2020 at 9:09 am
                    I've met her in real life ... she's prety cool her life story is sooooooooooo sad it made me cry!!!!!!!! like if you agree
                    • cocoqueen
                      cocoqueenTuesday, March 3, 2020 at 9:07 am
                      you go simone XD