American woman’s gymnastics, led by Simone Biles, the 19-year-old gymnastics phenom from Spring, Texas, cemented their reputation as the best team in gymnastics with a gold medal performance at the Rio Olympics.
Biles reaffirmed her position as the most dominant gymnast in the world on Thursday when she won the individual all-around competition in Rio. Biles outscored every competitor by a mammoth margin of over 2 points.
It’s just gymnastics, but gymnastics will never be the same. Simone Biles has seen to that. Biles is the only woman to win world championships three years in a row, and has not lost a gymnastics meet since 2013. Her all-around win is a confirmation of what gymnastics fans have known for several years: She is the best in the world, and probably the best of all time.
Simone Biles finished first overall in the vault, balance beam and the floor exercises, leading team USA to a record-breaking win in Rio. The entire team–Biles, Aly Raisman, Gabby Douglas, Laurie Hernandez and Madison Kocian–performed flawlessly, delivering a series of stirring, mistake-free routines, making the United states the lone country to have made the podium at the last seven Olympic games.
Her floor routine is jam-packed with difficulty, including a tumbling pass that bears her name, because she was the first person to perform it in an international competition. It’s two back somersaults in the stretched-out layout position, with a half turn in the second rotation, which means she lands “blind,” facing forward with no way to see the floor approaching as she speeds downward.
On beam, Biles performs the most difficult dismount in the world, a “full in back out,” which is a double back somersault with a full twist in the first somersault. It’s a trick many gymnasts include as one of their tumbling passes on the floor, but Biles does it off the beam ― which is only four inches wide.
The video below, posted by The New York Times, shows Simone in action.
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