American gymnastics queen Simone Biles made history in her debut appearance at the 2019 world championships on Saturday, completing a triple double skill on the floor which will be named “Biles II”.
Stuttgart: American gymnastics queen Simone Biles made history in her debut appearance at the 2019 world championships on Saturday, completing a triple double floor skill that will be named ‘Biles II’.
The 22-year-old Texan went on to pull off a double-twist double-beam descent that will be known simply as “The Biles”.
Biles, who now has four skills named after him, is expected to add to his record 14 gold medals in Stuttgart in his fifth world championships.
Her “Biles II” came when she landed a triple-twist double on the floor during the team event qualification.
Previously, the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) gave the beam skill an “H” grade, which Biles said should be higher.
She made her feelings clear by tweeting “haha – bullshit” on a double double pattern.
USA Gymnastics was also unhappy with the scoring, tweeting “we believe the skill should be given the value it deserves”.
“It was really good to pull it off,” Biles said after Saturday’s action.
“It’s difficult, you have to reward him. I always wanted to go out there and give him my name and then we’ll see what happens.”
On Saturday, Biles qualified first for the all-around, second for vault, second for beam and floor with a seventh best on uneven bars.
“I always feel like I can do better, but the goal tonight was not to do well just to do well and I feel like I accomplished that and reached the final , all now, I guess.
“I get very nervous before going out and my legs turn to stone, which scares me because I’m supposed to be good at this event, but I had a lot of energy so that helped me.”
Biles’ overall tally of 20 world championships ties her to Russia’s Svetlana Khorkina for the most medals won by a woman.
Four more in Stuttgart would see him surpass the all-time record of 23 held by Vitaly Scherbo, a star in men’s gymnastics in the 1990s.
Biles is clearly the favorite to win all-around world gold for the fifth time, extending her own record, but she has undergone tests away from the sport over the past two years.
In January 2018, she admitted to being among the victims of Larry Nassar, the disgraced former doctor of the US Women’s Olympic Team, who was jailed for sexually abusing hundreds of girls and women.
In August, his brother was arrested and charged with a shooting that left three people dead last December.
It will likely be her swan song for the world championships, after saying she was “99%” sure she would not be making the 2021 event.
After Stuttgart, she will focus on the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, where she will look to add to her four-medal record from Rio de Janeiro, where she won the team, all-around, jump and floor exercise titles.