Michelle R. Martinelli
Halfway to the American Two-Day Gymnastics Championships, Simone Biles is at the top of the table, because of course she is. She’s the GOAT, so that shouldn’t come as a surprise. But the 24-year-old superstar continues to amaze.
After returning to competition a few weeks ago for the first time since 2019, Biles was stunned to become the first woman to do a Yurchenko double pike – an intense, powerful and breathtaking jump – in competition. Although she didn’t perform that move on Friday as she competed for her seventh national title, she still dominated.
For his floor routine, Biles performed two back-to-back eponymous moves, starting with a triple-twist double back. (In 2019, Biles became the first woman to do a triple-double.)
Biles’ ground routine was so powerful that she went out of bounds three times and told NBC Sports she needs to “control [her] adrenaline rush. “But minor mistakes really don’t matter that much because she’s so far ahead of her competition at almost every turn.
And this slow-motion replay of his first run is absolutely fascinating. It showcases Biles’ truly unmatched athleticism and exceptional ability to seemingly defy gravity.
Really great. No matter how many times you watch this replay in slow motion, it’s amazing and one of many reminders that she’s the GOAT.
Here’s a look at Biles on beam, bars and vault on Friday: