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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352 Comments
  • avaorion
    avaorionThursday, December 5, 2019 at 8:44 am
    wow
    • hovyhyky-157070324729
      hovyhyky-157070324729Wednesday, December 4, 2019 at 12:11 pm
      me to good job Simone Biles
      • xxdancer5
        xxdancer5Monday, December 2, 2019 at 1:13 pm
        wow this is so interesting i'm very proud of my cousin great job~!!
        • laila4ever
          laila4everMonday, December 2, 2019 at 9:57 am
          team biles
          • megagalaxy
            megagalaxyFriday, November 29, 2019 at 2:04 pm
            I was in gymnastics but she is the best🗽🏆
            • bri6657
              bri6657Thursday, November 28, 2019 at 6:05 am
              she's good. i can't even do a split
              • laila4ever
                laila4everWednesday, November 27, 2019 at 9:04 am
                I want to be her when I grow up so bad. plus Iv'e been in gymnastics for two years and I still dont know how to do that!!!
                • chocolate168
                  chocolate168Monday, November 25, 2019 at 11:50 pm
                  She's amazing!!!
                  • laineysksksk2
                    laineysksksk2Sunday, November 24, 2019 at 9:03 am
                    I used to do gymnastics
                    • kittylovernew
                      kittylovernewFriday, November 22, 2019 at 7:53 am
                      dang!Simone Biles is so talented i'm taking gymnastics lesson just to do those things and i cant even do a split.