Elise Schenck Data News Weekly Contributor
Simone Biles continues to inspire and reins as arguably the Greatest Gymnast of All Time. She once again dominated at this weekend’s United States Gymnastics Championships in Fort Worth, Texas. Biles broke a record by winning her seventh U.S. championship title. She was victorious in three of the four events. This series of victories further substantiates Biles’s bid to become the first woman to win back-to-back Olympic championships in over 50 years.
“It’s really emotional, especially going into my second time doing an Olympic run; it’s really crazy,” said Biles, who has won every all-around competition she has entered since 2013. Her ability is undeniable and was on full display during the competition, where Biles stunned with her floor routine, which included a brand new tumbling pass, appropriately titled “The Biles.” According to NBC commentary, this opening tumbling pass, including two flips and three twists, had never been done before. Biles nailed the combination.
This championship comes after Biles also made history last month, becoming the first woman to land a Yurchenko double pike in competition at the U.S. Classic in Indianapolis. The Yurchenko double pike vault had only ever been done by men in competition in the past. Biles won this weekend’s U.S. championship and received the highest vault score without even performing the Yurchenko double pike. However, ESPN notes that it will return at trials and likely in Tokyo, where Biles is favored to bring home the Gold once again.
Simone Biles, once again dominated at this weekend’s United States Gymnastics Championships in Fort Worth, Texas. Biles broke a record by winning her seventh U.S. championship title.