Simone Biles Showcases New Skills at World Championships
|Oct 8, 2019|
US Olympic gymnast Simone Biles is making history again after she successfully landed the triple-double during her floor routine and then the double-double dismount from the balance beam at the world championships in Stuttgart, Germany, on October 5.
Team USA announced on the same day that the two skills will likely be named after the gymnast: ”The Biles II” for the floor move and ”The Biles” for the beam dismount. Before taking them to the international stage, the 22-year-old first debuted these skills at the US Gymnastics Championships in August when she landed a triple-double and double-double, CBS News previously reported.
Despite completing the new skills, Biles told USA Gymnastics there is always room for improvement.
“I still feel like I can do better,” Biles told the organization. “My goal going into tonight was to not be great. It wasn’t to do great, it was to do well, and I feel like I accomplished that.”
Although Team USA and the Olympics Channel have declared their intent to name the two new skills, the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) will make the final ruling. A FIG committee will determine if Biles performed the moves with sufficient expertise to meet the requirements for having the skill named after her, according to Team USA.
Gymnasts are scored based on the difficulty of the routine and their execution. The difficulty score for a routine is decided “by adding up the point values assigned for each element.” The scores are assigned on an alphabetical scale, with an “A” worth 0.1 point, while a “B” is 0.2.
The FIG announced before the competition that The Biles II skill is worth a difficulty value of “J,” which is an entire point, according to Team USA. The second routine Biles completed, which is known as The Biles, is assigned an “H.”
During a press conference before the competition, Biles said she doesn’t like to call herself a “superstar” even with all of her success.
“If I were to label myself as a superstar, it would bring more expectations on me and I would feel pressured, more in the limelight, rather than now,” Biles explained during a press conference before the championships.
“I just go out there and compete,” she continued. “I try to represent Simone… not ‘Simone Biles’ whenever I go out there, because at the end of the day, I’m still a human being before I’m ‘Simone Biles, the superstar.’”
This is not the first time Biles has made history this year. During the 2019 US Gymnastics Championship in Kansas City in August, Biles performed a double-double dismount, two twists and two somersaults off of a balance beam, and took home her sixth US All-Around Gymnastics title.
On August 11, Biles attempted the triple-double during the championship, two flips and three full twists, and stuck the landing, NPR previously reported. The 22-year-old gymnast became the first woman to complete the triple-double in competition.
The Olympic gold medalist has been making history since she was part of the gold-medal-winning team, the "Final Five," at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. In 2018, Biles became the first woman to win five US all-around titles, according to the United States Olympic Committee. She is also the first to win all five gold medals since Dominique Dawes in 1994.
“Being the first to sweep all the titles since Dominique Dawes is inspiring,” Biles said at the time. “It’s kind of cool to follow that path.”
Biles has also spoken out about the abuses she and many of her teammates faced from Larry Nassar, the former doctor who sexually abused many of his clients while working for Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics. In August, she took to Twitter to criticize USA Gymnastics and the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC) for failing to protect her and many other gymnasts.
“The more I learn, the more I hurt. USAG failed us. [USOPC] failed us. Many failed us. And they continue to fail us,” Biles previously tweeted on August 7, along with an article from The Washington Post about US Senators pushing for a bipartisan bill to bring increased oversight to all Olympic sports. “Real and actual change isn’t easy but it’s clear there’s a lot more work that needs to be done.”
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