Watch Simone Biles Make History Not Once, But *Twice* at the U.S. Gymnastics Championships
She landed two incredibly complicated moves in one weekend.
Simone Biles has already solidified her spot as the most decorated female gymnast in history. But she's still breaking records in her sport.
At the 2019 U.S. Gymnastics Championships this past weekend, Biles became the first gymnast to land a double-twisting, double somersault dismount from the balance beam—a move that calls for two flips and two twists mid-air before sticking the landing. (Related: Simone Biles Walks Away from Rio as the Greatest Gymnast of All Time)
Naturally, Biles made the skill look almost effortless:
But Biles' double-double wasn't her only record-breaking moment at the competition. She also became the first female gymnast to land a triple-double in the floor competition—two flips and three twists in the air:
Biles initially attempted the triple-double on Friday at the competition, but she'd missed the landing. "I had a lot more adrenaline than I wanted," she said of her shaky landing. "On my last pass I felt like I had tears in my eyes and that's the only time I truly felt sorry for myself in a real long time, but you have to keep the momentum going. Mistakes will happen. I'll come back Sunday and hopefully it'll go better."
Sure enough, Biles' second pass at the triple-double on Sunday was flawless. She crushed the landing, winning her sixth all-around title at the U.S. Gymnastics Championships. (Related: Simone Biles' Flawless Floor Routine Will Get You Amped for Rio)
Tons of people took to social media to celebrate Biles' historic weekend:
While the 22-year-old athlete ended the competition on a high note, she remains focused on improving her skills. "I still get really frustrated because I know how good I am and how well I can do," Biles told ESPN over the weekend. "So I just want to do the best routine for the audience and for myself out here." (Related: Simone Biles Has the Perfect Response for the Person Who Called Her "Ugly")
But Biles hardly needs to prove herself at this point in her career. She already has two gymnastics moves named after her, not to mention four Olympic gold medals (ahem, five medals in total). And if she lands the double-double or triple-triple at October's world championships, those jaw-dropping skills will be named after her, too.
Until then, congrats to Simone on a truly incredible weekend!