Simone Biles takes her (seemingly) unbeatable leap to the world stage | ET REALITY


Gymnastics star Simone Biles made more history on Sunday by becoming the first woman to perform the Yurchenko double pike jump in an international competition, meaning the extremely difficult jump will be named after her. Here’s what you need to know:

  • Biles achieved the vault during qualifying for the 2023 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Antwerp, Belgium, where she is competing with Team USA in her first international meet since the Tokyo Olympics.
  • The move, the most difficult jump currently performed in women’s gymnastics, will now be called “Biles II” in the gymnastics rule book. The 26-year-old has five gymnastics elements named after her: vault, floor exercises and balance beam.
  • The American women finished first in the qualifying session and will go for team gold last Wednesday.


Biles, a 19-time world champion and four-time Olympic champion, took a break from the sport after the Tokyo Games, during which she won a team silver and a bronze on the balance beam, but struggled with an attack of ” turns”. a term used by gymnasts to describe a sudden loss of awareness of the air when performing skills that require spinning while spinning.

He returned to the competition court on August 5 at the US Classic in Hoffman Estates, Illinois, his first meet since the Olympics. He won a record eighth national title at the USA Gymnastics Championships (where he also performed the Yurchenko double pike) later that month.

“I think what success means to me is a little different than before because before everyone defined success for me, even if I had my own narrative that I wanted,” Biles told before the world championship. “So now, it’s just about showing up, being in a good place, having fun out there and whatever happens, happens.”

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