You may or may not have heard, but Texan gymnast, Simone Biles, made history this year when she became the first-ever gymnast to attempt, and successfully land, a double-double dismount from a high-beam. Oh, and she also became the first woman to ever land a triple-double in competition during her floor routine. All in one week.
While we mere mortals over here struggle to touch our own toes, it's undeniable that Biles is quite simply a goddess.
And since that footage emerged online, which shows one of her routines in super-slow motion we've been left completely shocked. Thankfully, the world of gymnastics realizes just how incredible Biles is and has decided to honor her by naming more than just one skill after her. Wow.
Keep scrolling to see the all-star in action.
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, the gymnast returned to our headlines during the 2019 Gymnastic Championships...
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. Wow.
And one of these moves may even be named after the gymnast.
via: GettyAccording to Team USA, the rule stated, if Simone replicates the double-double dismount from the balance beam at the international meet in October, the move will be named after her.
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 now that we've finally hit October, it's show-time!
via: Getty ImagesTeam USA competed in Stuttgart, Germany at the Artistic Gymnastics World Championships 2019. The competition is home to some great talents, showcasing the best of what gymnastics has to offer. And for Simone, it's a very important moment in her career to leave her mark on the sport forever.
And, of course, there was only one star of the show...
via: Getty ImagesObviously, it was Simone. The sports superstar made history (again!) on the second day of the competition during the qualification round when she had two skills named after her.
What an absolute honor.
via: Getty ImagesThe star managed to pull through. Firstly, she was awarded "The Biles" on the beam, alluding to her signature "double-double" dismount. No one will ever refer to it as the "double-double" ever again. Thank God. I think we were lacking in creativity when that one was initially named anyway.
And then we have "The Biles II."
via: Getty ImagesIn terms of her floor routine, the "triple-double," again, not very creative, will now be referred to as "The Biles II" because she already has another floor skill named after her as well as one in the vault too. God, what a talent!
She said this right before it was time to showcase her talents.
via: Getty Images"...I feel like I still wanted to go out there and get it named after me, for myself. And then we'll see what happens." And she managed to pull through for herself, if not anyone else.
She showed everyone who's boss...
via: Getty ImagesThe twenty-two-year-old managed to qualify first in every single final during the Stuttgart games. We didn't expect anything less if we're being honest.
With six days left, we're ready to see how these games pan out...
via: Getty ImagesBut one thing remains true, and that's the fact that Team USA is looking powerful and dominant over its competitors. That can only be a good thing as Tokyo looms over.
We are feeling very confident for the 2020 Olympics...
via: GettyIf Biles has anything to do with it, America is going to bringing home that gold, I can assure you. Though she isn't the only gymnast who has made headlines of late. Katelyn Ohashi, from UCLA, caught the world's attention earlier this year with her stunning routine, which some have argued gives Biles a run for her money. Keep scrolling to see, and to decide for yourself, who the real champion is.