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Simone Biles Takes Gymnastics to a New Level. Again #537726
08/11/19 06:11 AM
08/11/19 06:11 AM
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Great story in the NYTimes...

Simone Biles Takes Gymnastics to a New Level. Again.
At a training session on Wednesday ahead of the United States Gymnastics Championships, Simone Biles wore a leotard with a bedazzled goat on the back. It was a reminder, in case people somehow forgot, that she is the greatest American gymnast of all time. With a combined 25 world championship and Olympic medals, including 18 golds, Biles stands alone atop the medal standings. She got to this point by fearlessly performing elements that no one else has dared go near, and as Biles began her quest on Friday for a record-tying sixth national title, she became the first woman to perform a triple double (two flips with three twists) in the floor exercise of a competition.

Simone Biles is pushing herself — and gymnastics — to the limit at the U.S. championships
Since Simone Biles returned from a one-year hiatus following her triumph at the 2016 Olympics, she has wasted no time trying to reclaim the form that won her four gold medals in Rio. She has been chasing something greater — a standard that precious few in the world, if any, would dare attempt — by packing an already rigorous floor routine with a skill that no female gymnast has landed, along with adding a riskier dismount on balance beam. In pushing her skills to the limit, Biles, at 22, is competing against herself. And the results, as she pushes the sport’s boundaries along with them, aren’t always to her satisfaction.


Re: Simone Biles Takes Gymnastics to a New Level. Again [Re: Marty] #537735
08/12/19 05:21 AM
08/12/19 05:21 AM
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Biles caps 6th U.S. title with historic triple-double
Simone Biles, who never fails to rise to the occasion, won her sixth all-around title at the U.S. Gymnastics Championships on Sunday, plus did a historic clean triple-double in floor exercise. Biles, 22, did the triple-double in the preliminaries Friday in floor exercise, too, the first time a woman had ever completed the complex move of two flips with three twists in competition. But she put her hands down on the landing then, which frustrated her. She didn't do that Sunday, and was so happy with the move that she retweeted video of it during the competition. "I didn't want to be the last person to see it," Biles said of checking her phone for the video, "so I went online to see what it looked like, so that me and [coach Laurent Landi] could watch it. But I was very pleased that I actually landed it this time in competition."



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