US Gymnast Simone Biles Keeps Making History — Watch All the Flips She Has Named After Her
Simone Biles makes gymnastics, a sport known for its four-inch beam and gravity-defying tumbling, look easy. Her six-year winning streak continues, but that alone doesn't just make her the GOAT. She's the GOAT because she does skills that no woman has done before — and when you land these skills in an international competition (a World Championships or an Olympic Games, more specifically) they name it after you.
Aside from The Biles on floor, her signature double layout half, the four-time World Champion and four-time Olympic gold medalist has another move bearing her name on vault, also called "The Biles." It's a round-off on the springboard connected to a half turn onto the vault with two full twists. She unveiled it for the first time at the USA Gymnastics 2018 World Team Selection Camp and debuted it at 2018 Worlds.
Simone will now, as it turns out, have a second skill named after her on floor. It's the triple double that she warmed up with before the 2019 GK US Classic but then did in competition for the first time at the US Gymnastics Championships this year. Since she landed it during the qualifying round of the 2019 World Gymnastics Championships on Oct. 5, it will go into the FIG Code of Points as the Biles II.
In the Code of Points, skills are given a value of A (easiest) to I (hardest), but national high-performance coordinator Tom Forester told the Wall Street Journal that Simone's triple double, if competed in an international competition, would be a J skill worth one whole point. In fact, " . . . our whole coaching community, and judging community, believe it's a J," he said. Cheryl Hamilton, internationally qualified judge and chair of the Women's National Technical Committee, echoed this in an interview with POPSUGAR.
Look at Simone, changing the rules of gymnastics! In comparison, The Biles on floor is valued at a G, according to the most recent FIG Women's Artistic Gymnastics Code of Points. Simone also did her double-twisting double dismount off of beam during the qualifying round of 2019 Worlds. That skill will be dubbed "The Biles" when it officially goes into the FIG Code of Points. Ahead, check out footage of the moves named after Simone so far, as well as the two that will soon be added to the FIG Code of Points bearing her name. Plus, read more on how gymnasts get skills named after them here.