After winning her 25th medal at the Gymnastics World Championships in Stuttgart, Germany, Simone Biles became the most decorated gymnast in history. Biles doesn’t just win medals, she dominates the sport. Biles has remained undefeated in the all-around title since 2013. This year it wasn’t enough for her to just continue to streak; instead she went and won by the largest margin of victory in the history of the championship with 2.1 points.
In addition to the two moves (vault/floor) that were already named after her during the U.S. Gymnastics Championships, Biles managed to have two additional moves named after her during last week’s World Championships. This time, a triple-double backflip on her floor routine “Biles II” and a double-double dismount “Biles” from her balance beam routine.
FIG, an international governing gymnastic body, gave the “Biles” a mere tenth increase in difficulty rating and this decision sparked controversy. Many were displeased with this decision which prompted FIG to make a statement. They claimed that it was ruled this way because of safety concerns. By that logic…isn’t everything that gymnasts do…a safety concern? In any case, Biles chose to leave her signature move out of her routine on Sunday, explaining to the Associated Press, “It’s not worth the one-tenth [extra difficulty point]. I’m sorry, it’s just not.”
In an interview with USA Today, Biles was asked what she wanted her legacy to be.
She replied, “I guess the dominance that I’ve had. Also, the real, raw true me. I feel like, yes, I’m an athlete, but at the end of the day, I hope they look at me as a normal person as well, with showing the emotions and the character and how I carry myself.
I think it’s important to teach our female youth that, that it’s OK to say, `Yes, I am good at this,’ and you don’t hold back. You only see the men doing it. And they’re praised for it and the women are looked down upon for it. But I feel like it’s good because once you realize you’re confident and good at it, then you’re even better at what you do.
I feel like we should teach the youth that it’s OK to say, ‘Yes, I am good.’ And it’s not out of cockiness. It is what it is, at the end of the day. I’ve won five world titles and if I say, `I’m the best gymnast there is,’ (the reaction is), ‘Oh, she’s cocky, look at her now.’ No, the facts are literally on the paper. I think it’s important to teach the youth that.”
With that there is only one thing left to say. Simone Biles of Houston, Texas is in fact ‘the best gymnast there is.’