Simone Biles Owns the Gymnastics World Right Now
Last week, we asked, "Who will be America's sweetheart next summer?" as we started to get giddy over the upcoming P&G Gymnastics Championships. Well, if elite gymnast Simone Biles, 18, has any say in the matter, she wants to be the answer that question.
This past weekend, the two-time national champ became a three-time national champ — which hasn't happened since Kim Zmeskal in 1992, five years before Biles was even born. Biles didn't edge anyone out, either; she scooped up gold with a huge five points to spare between her and silver. While even the smallest bobble can often be the difference between winning a medal or not, Biles had too big of a lead for that to ever become an issue. And it’s not that the other elite gymnasts aren't up to speed — Biles is just that good. In a nutshell: The skills she has mastered rank so high on the difficulty scale that her routines have “starting values” that give her a leg up before competition even begins. (10.0 start values don’t exist in elite gymnastics anymore; this changed several years ago.)
Rounding out the podium: Maggie Nichols won silver and 2012 Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman grabbed the bronze. One of Zmeskal's athletes, Bailie Key, was just two tenths behind Raisman and 2012 Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas came in fifth.
But enough with all the gushing: Check out Biles’ killer floor routine below, along with a few other big performances.
Simone Biles on Floor Exercise
Madison Kocian on Uneven Bars
Alyssa Baumann on Balance Beam
Aly Raisman on Floor Exercise
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