Simone Biles wins her 25th world championship medal
|thenorthstar||Oct 15, 2019|
US Gymnast Simone Biles is making history again.
The 22-year-old gymnast won her 24th and 25th world championships medals in beam and floor exercises on October 13, which makes her the most decorated gymnast ever at the world championships, the Associated Press reported. In an interview with the AP, she told the publication she doesn’t care much about the statistics and is “not a number person.”
“I can’t be more thrilled with the performance that I put out at this world championships,” she told the publication.
During the week-long competition in Stuttgart, Germany, Biles won five gold medals, winning her 24th medal on the beam and broke a tie for 23 with Belarusian gymnast Vitaly Scherbo, according to NPR. Earlier this month, Biles successfully landed the triple-double during her floor routine and then the double-double dismount from the balance beam at the world championships. Following her routines, Team USA announced the two skills will likely be named after the gymnast: ”The Biles II” for the floor move and ”The Biles” for the beam dismount. Biles previously told USA Gymnastics there is always room for improvement despite completing the new skills.
“I still feel like I can do better,” the gymnast previously 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.”
The International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) still needs to make the final decision to name the two new skills after BIles to ensure that she performed the moves with sufficient expertise to meet the requirements for the skills to be named after her, according to Team USA. There are currently four skills that bear Biles’ name.
Biles told the AP that she feels FIG did not reward the double-double high enough in rating. The scores are assigned using an alphabetical scale, with an “A” worth 0.1 point, while a “B” is 0.2. The Biles II skill is worth a difficulty value of “J,” which an entire point, and The Biles was assigned the score of “H” by FIG, according to Team USA.
“It’s not worth the one-tenth (extra difficulty point). I’m sorry, it’s just not,” she told the AP. Biles has not confirmed if she will continue to compete after next year’s Olympics, according to the publication. The recipient of 25 career medals, she has won 19 gold medals.
The 22-year-old Olympic medalist has been making history since 2016, when she was part of the gold-medal-winning team, the “Final Five,” at the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Last year, Biles became the first woman to win five US all-around titles, according to the United States Olympic Committee.
She has also been outspoken about the abuse she and many of her teammates faced at the hands of Larry Nassar, the former doctor who sexually abused many of his clients while working for Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics. More than 260 women and girls came forward during his trial last year to testify about the assaulted by Nassar, The Guardian previously reported. Nassar, 56, was sentenced to 125 years in jail in February.
“I don’t mean to cry,” Boise said in an interview with reporters in August. “But it’s hard coming here for an organization having had them fail us so many times. And we had one goal and we’ve done everything that they’ve asked us for, even when we didn’t want to and they couldn’t do one damn job. You had one job. You literally had one job and you couldn’t protect us.”
Biles is not the only Black female athlete who made history this past week. Tennis player Coco Gauff, 15, won her first singles title on October 13. Gauff won the Upper Austria Ladies Linz, an indoor World Tennis Association (WTA) tournament, beating the 2017 French Open champion, Jelena Ostapenko, 6-3, 1-6, 6-2, The New York Times reported. Gauff is the youngest WTA singles champion in 15 years, since Nicole Vaidisova won two WTA titles in 2004 when she was 15-year-old. according to the publication.
“I’ll definitely remember this moment for the rest of my life,” Gauff said on the court as she held her trophy.
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Maria Perez is a breaking news writer for The North Star. She has an M.A. in Urban Reporting from the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. She has been published in various venues, including Newsweek, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange, City Limits, and local newspapers like The Wave and The Home Reporter.