Monday, September 26, 2022

Olympics-Bound Gymnast Simone Biles Can Not Be Stopped (Watch)

Simone Biles competes in the floor exercise during day two of the 2016 P&G Gymnastics Championships at Chafitz Arena on June 26, 2016 in St. Louis, Missouri.
Simone Biles competes in the floor exercise during day two of the 2016 P&G Gymnastics Championships at Chafitz Arena on June 26, 2016 in St. Louis, Missouri.

*Simone Biles continued her takeover of women’s gymnastics by winning a fourth consecutive all-around gold at the annual P&G Championships on Sunday.

Saying this 19-year-old is favored to take Olympic gold this summer is an understatement. In addition to winning the all-around on Sunday, she’s the first woman in more than 40 years to win four titles. Also, her score of 62.100 was nearly four points better than Aly Raisman, the double gold medalist from the 2012 Olympics. Biles’ four point margin of victory is nearly unprecedented.

“That means by a mile,” wrote Juliet Macur of the New York Times. “It also means Biles could have fallen during several of her routines — even face-planting on the uneven bars — and still have won; such is the high degree of difficulty of her routines, something that sets her apart from her competitors.”

Simone Biles competes in the floor exercise during day two of the 2016 P&G Gymnastics Championships at Chafitz Arena on June 26, 2016 in St. Louis, Missouri.
Simone Biles competes in the floor exercise during day two of the 2016 P&G Gymnastics Championships at Chafitz Arena on June 26, 2016 in St. Louis, Missouri.

During Simone’s floor routine at P&G, when most gymnasts tune out the crowd to concentrate, she not only made eye contact with two-time Olympian Shawn Johnson in the audience, but also gave her a wink.

Johnson freaked out, as you can hear in the video of the wink shared on her Instagram below:

During the two-day national championships, a warm-up for next month’s Olympic trials in San Jose, Calif., Martha Karolyi, the women’s national team coordinator, watched Biles’s routines in uncharacteristic awe.

The New York Times noted:

After several of Biles’s big performances — and nearly all of them were big performances — Karolyi said, “Wow!” It was a substantial reaction from a woman who is the opposite of effusive: She gave two slow claps to Gabrielle Douglas’s floor exercise on Sunday, and Douglas is the reigning Olympic champion in the all-around.

At nationals, Biles, 19, beat second-place Aly Raisman, a 2012 Olympian and two-time Olympic gold medalist, by nearly 4 points. Lauren Hernandez finished in third place.
At nationals, Biles, 19, beat second-place Aly Raisman, a 2012 Olympian and two-time Olympic gold medalist, by nearly 4 points. Lauren Hernandez finished in third place.

Raisman placed second behind Biles at P&G, and Lauren Hernandez came in third. Further back was defending Olympic champion Gabby Douglas, who finished second to Biles at last year’s world championships.

Watch Simone Biles’ entire floor routine below:

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