Simone Biles Wins Fourth Straight U.S. National Championship–First Gymnast To Do So In 42 Years
It’s Monday, so you know what that means: #ImGoingToMakeUpAHashtagForThisStoryToCelebrateBlackGirlMagic.
If you’re looking for a reason to smile, to get back in the gym, or to throw yourself around to see if you can still execute back flips in your backyard, let 19-year-old Simone Biles inspire you. Just this past weekend she won her fourth straight title at the P&G U.S. gymnastics championships, making her the first gymnast in more than 40 years to do so. Biles beat out gymnast Aly Raisman, who won two gold medals at the London Olympics. When speaking on her soon-to-be teammate at the Olympic games in Rio, Raisman admitted that Biles is not to be played with.
“Even when the coaches talk to us, they’re like, ‘Don’t even count Simone,’ she told USA Today. “‘She’s just in her own league.'”
Behind Raisman were Lauren Hernandez in third, Gabby Douglas in fourth place (who took home two gold medals in London like Raisman), and Madison Kocian in fifth place.
So how did Biles do it? With some complicated moves that somehow always looked light and as if they came with ease for the gymnast. For instance, Biles had a near-perfect score on the vault, nabbing a 9.9 for execution. And she had all the judges smiling with her flawless floor exercise routine, which included a signature move named after her– “The Biles.” It’s a double flip with a half twist.
Check out a little bit of the slayage that took place in St. Louis below and keep your eye on Biles come August. She’s clearly the one to beat–and according to the big dogs in gymnastics, that’s going to be hard to do.