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24th May 2021

Simone Biles lands move never completed by female gymnast in a competition

Sarah McKenna Barry

The incredible gymnast wowed viewers at the U.S. Classic on Saturday.

US gymnast Simone Biles has made history yet again, as she becomes the first female athlete to perform the Yurchenko double pike during competition.

The vault trick involves a round-off onto the springboard followed by a back handspring with a back twist onto the vault, and finally a double pike flip.

Simone Biles, who is currently America’s most decorated gymnast, pulled off the feat at the U.S. Classic in Indianapolis on Saturday.

The competition is one of the three major gymnastics events in the lead-up to this summer’s Olympic Games.

This weekend’s competition was the first time she competed since the World Championships in 2019. Biles received a 16.1 score for her vault.

The gymnast also came out on top in the balance beam and floor events. Her all-around score was 58.4 points.

When asked about the difficult move, Biles told NBC News: “I was just thinking to do it like training, don’t try to overdo anything because I have a tendency as soon as I raise my hand to overpower things.”

She added that she was hoping for a higher difficulty score than the 6.6 she was given.

“We were hoping it would be a 6.8,” she said. “But that’s OK.”

On Instagram, Biles shared some footage from training of her pulling off the move.

The 24-year old is widely considered to be the greatest gymnast of all time. At the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Biles dazzled audiences during her events and won four gold medals and one bronze medal. On top of that, Biles has won 25 World medals, 19 of which are gold. She also holds the record for most all-around titles at the World Championships.

It’s safe to say that we cannot wait to see what this gymnast has in store for us at the Summer Olympics in Tokyo this year.