You may or may not have heard, but Texan gymnast, Simone Biles, made history last week 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 now, fresh footage has emerged online, which shows one of her routines in super-slow motion and… you can just picture it, can’t you? The footage is incredible and it makes us all wonder whether this girl has some form of super-human power.
Keep scrolling to see the video, which will put you and your stiff joints to shame.
At the ripe age of twenty-two, Simone has quickly become one of the most talented and successful gymnasts in the world.
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.
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.
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!’ ”
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.”
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.
On Saturday, 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.
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.
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.
Commenting on her incredible victory over the weekend, 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.”
And us mere mortals are not worthy to even compare ourselves to her, as this Twitter user so finely put it.
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.
Okay, after writing this article, I am definitely going to start working out.
I mean, surely it isn’t scientifically possible for a human being to do that many flips while that high up in the air?
We are not worthy!
Though we are feeling very confident for the 2020 Olympics…
If Biles has anything to do with it, America is going to bringing home that gold.
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.