Simone Biles becomes first person ever to complete double-double dismount on beam
Simone Biles really is a US national treasure. The multi-time world champion gymnast stunned the entire world during the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics, where she won gold in the all-around, vault, floor, and team categories.
And despite being a part of Team USA's "Final Five", Biles, 22, continues to make herself a the stand-out star, as this weekend she has become the first gymnast in history to ever attempt and successfully land a double-twisting, double somersault dismount on the balance beam, according to Team USA.
On Friday, the 14-time world champion once again pushed the boundaries in her sport at the 2019 US Gymnastics Championships in Kansas City, Missouri, when she executed the never-seen-before maneuver.
Check out the eye-popping routine in the video below:
The impressive move must have been a huge relief for Biles, who earlier in the competition attempted a triple-double (which means two flips and three twists in the air), as a part of her floor exercise. However, she was unable to nail the landing and was left visibly frustrated.
Per The Guardian, the gymnast said:
"I still get really frustrated because I know how good I am and how well I can do. So, I just want to do the best routine for the audience and for myself out here.
"I’ve never fallen on one or anything, just to make a mistake like that, it kind of irritated me."
Biles' coach, Laurent Landi, also commented on the event, saying:
"I’m actually happy she’s so upset because it means she cares so much and we can work with it.
"If she would not care, if she would be, okay, it’s just okay. It would be hard to go back in the gym and practice it."
The competition continues today, as Biles is entering nearly two points ahead of second-place gymnast Sunisa Lee, but Biles is expected to win her sixth US title - a feat which hasn't been accomplished since Clara Schroth Lomady did it back in 1952.
At just 22-years-old, it really does feel like we're watching history in the making every time Biles performs.