Simone Biles is one of the most famous gymnasts in the world right now for her incredible skills and bravery on and off the mat. Biles just made history – again.
At only 22 years old, she just became the first gymnast to ever attempt and land a double-twisting, double somersault dismount off the balance beam, according to Team USA.
Simone Biles is the first person EVER to land a dismount with two flips and two twists
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— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) August 10, 2019
Biles completed the history-making move on Friday at the 2019 US Gymnastics Championships in Kansas City, Missouri, after having a weaker than usual day in her previous routines, according to CNN.
Earlier in the day, Biles became the first woman to attempt a triple-double — two flips and three twists in the air — in competition during the floor exercise. But Biles missed the landing and fell forward. She was “pissed.”
But she didn’t give up. A few hours later, she successfully landed the double-double dismount. Biles is currently in first place at the two-day competition, almost two points ahead of the second-place contender, CNN reports.
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Biles is expected to win and add to her already impressive list of awards. She is a five-time Olympic medalist and 14-time world champion and is now expected to win her sixth US title, something that no woman has done since Clara Schroth Lomady in 1952.
Biles recently teared up in interviews with reporters over disgraced former USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University doctor Larry Nassar.
“You had one job. You literally had one job and you couldn’t protect us,” she said of USA Gymnastics.
“The more I learn, the more I hurt. USAG failed us. USOC failed us. Many failed us. And they continued to fail us,” Biles tweeted earlier in the week.
But her journey in facing Nassar’s sexual abuse of her and hundreds of other girls have not kept her from continuing to strive for success.