You may or may not have heard, but Texan gymnast, Simone Biles, continues to make history.
For as long as I 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.
While we mere mortals over here struggle to touch our own toes, it's undeniable that Biles is quite simply a goddess.
And now, she's done it again. She's made history by winning 25 gold medals SO FAR to become the most decorated gymnast of all time.
Simone Biles is an American treasure.
via: GettyAt 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.
via: GettyHaving 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.
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 gave permission 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 went from strength to strength.
via: YouTubeWith 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.
via: GettyIn 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.
via: GettySimone 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.
But, in typical Biles fashion, the gymnast came back in full force.
via: GettyThe 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.
via: YouTubeAt 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...
via: YouTubeThe 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.
via: GettyAccording 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.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.
sometimes i'm like oh man being a comedy writer is so hard all the jokes have been done and then simone biles is ju… https://t.co/kHVY1yoGbD— Rachel Wenitsky (@Rachel Wenitsky)1565581994.0
And, just when we thought that her talent couldn't be any more extraordinary...
You can watch the incredible video here.
Simone Biles, in extreme slow motion. https://t.co/mjdYp0zwkv— Timothy Burke (@Timothy Burke)1565572901.0
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.
She's only 22.
Biles overtook two record holders.
She's likely to break her own record every time she's out this week.
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...
via: GettyIf Biles has anything to do with it, America is going to be bringing home that gold.