Simone Biles broke records, got two new moves named after her, and led the U.S. Women’s gymnastics team to another world championship title. Let’s just say, #BlackGirlMagic is still in full effect.
On Tuesday, Biles won her 21st medal at the world gymnastics championships, as the US Gymnastics team won their fifth consecutive all-around title.
According to the New York Times, it was the 15th world championship gold of Biles’ career, and it broke her tie with Russian gymnast Svetlana Khorkina for the most medals overall by a woman at the world championships. She now is only two medals short behind 1990s Belarusian #VitalyScherbo’s, who holds the record for both men and women. “Every year, it feels better and better just because we’re adding to the legacy,” Biles said. “I feel like I never think of records. I just go out there and do what I came to do, which is compete for the country.”
Additionally, the 22-year-old wonder woman got two more signature moves named after her this past weekend. On Saturday, Biles began her floor routine at the 2019 gymnastic world championships in Stuttgart, Germany, by landing a triple-double, composed of a double backflip with three twists. That move will now be known as the “Biles II.” NPR reports that the gymnast also completed her double-double dismount from the balance beam. The move includes a double-twisting double backflip, and will now be named the “Biles.”
In order for a gymnast to have a move named after them, the athlete must submit it for consideration and successfully land it at a major competition, such as the world championships or the Olympics, according to NPR. “I feel like I’m pretty pleased just because that’s how I train beam, and it finally felt good to go out there and hit a beam routine like I train because I feel like every time I go up to compete beam, I just bomb it,” Biles told the Olympic Channel. “So it felt really good to just nail it.”
While the world is in awe of her grace and poise, Biles still believes she can do better. “My goal going into tonight was to not be great … it wasn’t to do great, but just to do well, and I feel like I accomplished that,” she said Saturday night. In the meantime, Biles has two other moves named after her, one on vault and the other on floor.