Simone Biles Is Now the Most Decorated Gymnast In World Championships History
She now holds 25 world championships medals.
Simone Biles' impressive medal collection has earned her (another) spot in the history books. The athlete just became the most decorated gymnast, male or female, in world championships history, with 25 medals. (Related: Simone Biles Sweeps U.S. Gymnastics Championships While Supporting Fellow Sexual Assault Survivors)
Biles earned her 23rd, 24th, and 25th world medals last week at the World Championships in Stuttgart, Germany, according to USA Gymnastics. Previously, the record was 23 medals, set by Belarusian men's gymnast Vitaly Scherbo in 1996.
Biles picked up her latest gold medals after scoring a 15.399 in vault and a 15.133 for her floor routine, during which she landed the Biles II triple-double (two flips and three twists in the air), the latest gymnastics move to be named after her. A 15.066 score during the balance beam event earned the 22-year-old gymnast her third gold of the day, and record-breaking 25th world medal. (Related: Simone Biles' Flawless Floor Routine Will Get You Amped for Rio)
Of course, everyone has been congratulating Biles on her historic feat. Her boyfriend Stacey Ervin Jr. posted a sweet tribute to her on Instagram: "MY WOMAN IS A 5x WORLD CHAMPION IN THE ALL-AROUND & I COULDN'T BE MORE PROUD," he wrote. "I get hyped every time I watch her do her thing & today was no exception. Congratulation, babe! The whole world is proud of you!"
The world has a lot more to be proud of Biles for than just her latest achievements. In 2016, she became the first U.S. gymnast to ever win four gold Olympic medals and the first gymnast to win three world championships in a row. This year, she became the first gymnast to land a double-double dismount (two somersaults and two twists in the air) from the balance beam, and the first female gymnast to land a triple-double during floor. The moves are now called the Biles and Biles II, respectively. (Related: Simone Biles Competed at the World Championships and Crushed It Even with a Kidney Stone)
Despite all of that, the 22-year-old athlete is still relatable AF. When asked about the impending party her mom would throw after World Championships, Biles gave a frank response that anyone who experiences JOMO will fully understand: "Sometimes it's just…it's just like, I'm tired," she said, per the Olympic Channel. "I just want to lay in bed." Same.