Simone Biles Does Epic Backflip Before First Pitch at the World Series | 22 Words

You may or may not have heard, but Texan gymnast, Simone Biles, continues to make history. For as long as we can remember she's been smashing records and making new ones. A while back she became the first-ever gymnast to attempt, and successfully land, a double-double dismount from a high-beam. Then she became the first woman to ever land a triple-double in competition during her floor routine. All in the same week. Her talent knows no bounds and she continues to smash it every day.

And it seems she's now responsible for what is possibly the best first pitch in World Series history. The star busted out an epic backflip sending the crowd into a full-blown frenzy.

Keep scrolling to see the clip.

 

Simone Biles is an American treasure.

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At the ripe age of twenty-two, Simone has quickly become one of the most talented and successful gymnasts in the world.

She rose to fame in the 2016 Summer Olympics.

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Having practiced gymnastics since the age of 6, Biles has grown and worked hard to become a 5-time Olympic medalist and fourteen-time world champion.

Though life hasn't always been easy for Simone.

Born originally in Columbus, Ohio, Simone and her siblings were in and out of foster care as a result of their parent's drug and alcohol addictions.

When she was six, Simone and her younger sister, Adria, were adopted by their maternal grandparents.

Her grandfather, Ron, and grandmother, Nellie, took the girls in as their own, and even suggested that they call them "mom" and "dad." Speaking to Texas Monthly, Simone recalled the moment that her parents permitted for their titles to be changed: "She said, ‘It’s up to you guys. If you want to, you can call us mom and dad.' I went upstairs and tried practicing it in the mirror—‘mom, dad, mom, dad.’ Then I went downstairs, and she was in the kitchen. I looked up at her and I was like, ‘mom?’ She said, ‘Yes!’ "

She started practicing gymnastics at a young age.

Biles first tried gymnastics at just 6-years-old as part of a day-care field trip, where the instructors saw her potential and suggested that she continue with the sport. She then went on to enroll in an optional training program at Bannon's Gymnastix.

Biles went from strength to strength.

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With continual training from her coach, Aimee Boorman, Simone went on to compete in, and win, fourteen world championships. Despite her small 4 foot, 8 inch frame, Simone's explosive energy, dazzling performances, and outstanding gymnastic abilities made her larger than life and quickly drew in attention from all over the world.

She has grown to become one of our country's greatest Olympic champions.

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In 2016, Biles won four gold medals at her first Olympic Games in Rio: 3 individual and 1 team, tying her with 4 other gymnasts for the Olympic record for the most gold medals won by a female gymnast in a single game.

After the Olympics, however, Simone took a year out.

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Simone was becoming burnt out, and she took the decision to step out of the gym for twelve months, telling The Guardian that “I was so physically exhausted that I needed the break. Mentally and physically – I had earned it."

She has been open about attending therapy.

Simone has admitted in the past that gymnastics was beginning to become toxic to her and that there were times when she found herself dreading going to the gym to train. “I go to therapy to help with that because there were times when I didn’t want to set foot in a gym. But am I going to let that keep me from my passion, and the goals that I still have? It’s just another bump you have to get over."

But, in typical Biles fashion, the gymnast came back in full force.

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The 2018 World Championships were Biles’ grand return to competition after her year out and, despite a few falls during her performances, she came out on top. The margin of victory, even accounting for Biles’ first falls in more than sixty career routines in the Olympics or world championships, marked the largest of her four all-around world titles.

And then, the gymnast returned to our headlines.

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At the 2019 U.S. Gymnastics Championship in Kansas City, Missouri, the 5-time Olympic medalist made history by becoming the first-ever gymnast to land a double-twisting, double somersault dismount from the balance beam in a match.

And she didn't stop there...

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The very next day, Biles went on to become the first woman to perfect the triple-twist, double-flip move in her first pass on floor.

And one of these moves may even be named after the gymnast.

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According to Team USA, if Simone replicates the double-double dismount from the balance beam at the international meet in October, the move will be named after her - The Biles.

And, of course, Biles has remained as humble as ever.

Commenting on her incredible victory, Simone said: "It wasn't as good as in training. I'm just happy that I landed it because I feel like after night one, my confidence got shot down. So I was really worried about it going into today, that's all I could worry about. So I was really happy."

Her sheer talent is breathtaking.

And us mere mortals are not worthy to even compare ourselves to her, as this Twitter user so finely put it.

And, just when we thought that her talent couldn't be any more extraordinary...

One Twitter user took it upon himself to share a video of Simone's triple-twist, double-flip move on the floor, all in super slow-motion. Now, while this move is pretty damn impressive in its usual speed, it is on a completely new level in slow motion. When slowed down, we are able to see every twist and turn that Simone makes all while in meters in the air, and all within the space of a few seconds. It is simply incredible.

You can watch the incredible video here.

Okay, after writing this article, I am definitely going to start working out.

People on Twitter were, quite understandably, astounded.

I mean, surely it isn't scientifically possible for a human being to do that many flips while that high up in the air?

And others felt that an apology was in order.

We are not worthy!

And it doesn't stop there for Biles.

Biles recently became the most decorated gymnast in history, after smashing the record and achieving 25 gold medals - ALREADY!

She's only 22.

I know we've said this already. But for God sake! She's 22. And is already the most decorated gymnast in world history. OMG. I'm also 22. The hardest decision I made today was whether or not I should order KFC. The hardest task I partook in today was eating said KFC. Where's my gold medals?

Biles overtook two record holders.

When she won her 21st medal earlier today, Biles overtook Russia's Svetlana Khorkina for the women's record. She then overtook Vitaly Scherbo - who's held the record for almost 30 years - to become the world's overall most decorated - including both male and female gymnasts.

She's likely to break her own record every time she's out this week.

Biles is looking likely to break records almost every time she is in action this week but the 22-year-old still feels the pressure on the world stage. Speaking to the Olympic Channel, Biles said:
Sometimes, I wish I would quit because the other day we walked out there, and I was like, ''I literally hate this feeling. I don't know why I keep forcing myself to do it." "But you know, we love the thrill of it. It reminds me to never give up because, one day, I won't have the opportunity to get that feeling."

And we're feeling very confident for the 2020 Olympics...

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If Biles has anything to do with it, America is going to be bringing home that gold.

Biles has once again hit the headlines today...

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It seems there's no stopping the gymnastics superstar.

The star added her own stamp to her first pitch at Wednesday's World Series game in Houston...

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The gymnastics star busted out an epic backflip - while wearing jeans may we add - as she executed her first pitch on Wednesday night.

She wowed the crowd with her show-stopping stunt...

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She then tossed a strike to Astros outfielder Jake Marisnick, who served as the ceremonial catcher, Today reports.

Unfortunately, it seems Biles' moves were the highlight of the game for the home team.

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The Astros lost 12-3 to the Washington Nationals to go down 0-2 in the best-of-seven series.

Watch the full clip below:

Is there anything she can't do? We honestly can't get enough.