Olympian Simone Biles, 22, becomes FIRST woman ever to complete a ‘triple-double’ during a floor routine as she easily wins her sixth national title two days after landing the first ever ‘double-double’ dismount off a balance beam
Olympian Simone Biles was the first woman in nearly 70 years to win a sixth full US round – and the first woman to complete a two-man, three-handed maneuver during her ground routine.
On Friday, Biles wrote the story when he was the first gymnast to do a double somersault from the beam.
The four-time gold medalist and favorite of the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo ended the last night of the US women’s championship with a score of 118,500 against Sunisa Lee (113,550) and Grace McCallum (111,850).
Given Sunday’s good start, Biles, 22, could have canceled Sunday’s “triple double” routine. In many ways, she already held another national title at the time of the program, namely Clara Schroth Lomady, who won her sixth American title in 1952.
Olympian Simone Biles became the first woman in nearly 70 years to win six US senior women’s all-around gymnastics titles
Biles coach Laurent Landi gave her the choice after the Olympic champion’s attempt to become the first woman to reach the triple doubles of the competition, but a bit too short on Friday.
Of course, he knew the answer.
Biles launched it at the end of its first fall, fueled by the adrenaline, ambition and talent of another world. When the dizzying combination of their feet landed firmly on the ground – though barely limited – the jolt was felt through the crowded arena. The smile on his face was undeniable. And the contest was over – like six years ago and every time Biles got involved.
Simone Biles performs her floor routine during the 2019 U.S. Gymnastics Championships, where she became the first woman to land a ‘triple-double’ in competition
Biles does not pay too much attention to the margin or their points. She has been on the podium for six years and counts. The effort to find the limits of their immense talent leads them.
As a result, she became so angry after putting both her hands down when she attempted to land the triple-double on Friday. That’s why she never thought of dropping Sunday. And so, she glanced at her phone as she turned from the ground to the pendulum beam, usually a no-no during a meeting. At least for someone who is not Simone Biles.
“I wanted to see what it looks like,” she says.
Here is a word: history.
“It’s as if she had a hole in a hole and we were all there,” said Tom Forster, director of the USA High Performance Gymnastics. “It’s a big problem, and we all know that no one in the world has ever done it to women and it’s better than most men, and she should be very happy with it.”
She was. When Biles finished a two-hour showcase that showed how much the gap had widened between her and the rest of the world by going down the uneven bars: she danced.
Well, that’s about it. Biles gave Landi a relieved high-lift before pulling her tongue out and waving her arms as she ran to hug the rest of the competitors in their rotation.
The rage on Friday night – when it hit the bars after a triple-double shorts and a bit of chaos – has disappeared.
“I was a lot happier today,” said Biles. “I have the feeling that I was not as safe in the bars this year as last year, so to make the best routine possible, I was really happy, I was very happy and the last event was so I thought, thank God, we’re done.
Four-time Olympic and 14-time world champion Simone Biles has made history as the first gymnast ever to land a double twisting, double somersault dismount off the balance beam on Friday
For the moment anyway. Biles is two months away from a trip to the World Championships – where his 20 medals are the most indecisive of a gymnast – and a year after returning to the Olympics. She made a splash in 2016 and consolidated her status as one of the best of all time with two weeks of gymnastics as close to perfection as the sport allows.
A year before returning to the games, Biles is even better. And really, it’s not close.
Biles, 22, effortlessly twisted and flipped off the beam in front of the judges
“It’s a damn stupid,” said MyKayla Skinner, 2016 Olympic team representative, who secured a spot on the national team with eighth place. I do not even understand. I always ask him, “Do you know how good you are?” And she said, “Yes, but I do not know.” It comes naturally, it’s amazing. ‘
In a sport that sometimes forces athletes to choose between skill and performance, Biles is not obligated. Not only does it assemble the world’s toughest routines, but it makes you better than anyone else. Biles won the floor, the beams and the vaults and even finished third at the bars with his set “meh” on Friday.
“She does things that I never thought I could do,” Lee said.
Simone Biles celebrates after making history with her dismount while competing on the beam at the U.S. Gymnastics Championships on Friday in Kansas City, Missouri
Lee and world champion 2017 Morgan Hurd were the only women in the field to win the best Biles at every event. They finished the double and increased their chances to participate in October at the World Championships in Germany with Biles.
Hurd recovered from an exercise on rocky ground Friday, where she returned to eighth place to finish in fourth place, although early in the evening she wanted to admit she wanted to throw up a little . She promised that she would feel better Sunday and, despite a technical mistake, she did not care about the beginning of the music before taking her place. She left the podium, expired, then came out and broke her set.
“I think more than anything, tonight really strengthened my self-confidence,” said Hurd.
Something that every gymnast sometimes struggles to cope with. Biles included. Yes really. This proves to her perfectionist that she always knows, after the triple-double, that it was not quite her best.
“It was not as good as some formations,” she said. “But I’m just glad I did, because after the first night my self-esteem was down, I was really worried it could start today and that’s all I could worry about.”