Simone Biles created a new gymnastics skill on floor, now known as the Biles: two back flips followed by a half twist, all done with a straight body

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Simone Biles created a new gymnastics skill on floor, now known as the Biles: two back flips followed by a half twist, all done with a straight body

Simone Biles was too young to qualify for the 2012 Olympics, but has dominated the sport of gymnastics since her senior debut in 2013. Her medal haul includes 14 total world championship medals, including all-around golds in 2013, 2014 and 2015. With 10 world championship gold medals, Biles holds the record for most ever won by a female gymnast. She’s also won four consecutive all-around titles at the P&G Championships. After winning the national title in 2014 by 4.25 points, a huge margin when medals are often decided by tenths of a point, legendary gymnast and 1984 Olympic all-around champion Mary Lou Retton said, “She may be the most talented gymnast I’ve ever seen in my life, honestly. And I don’t even think she’s tapped into what she really can do. I think she’s unbeatable.” Her record agrees: the 19-year-old has not lost an all-around competition the all-around since August 2013, thanks to her combination of a great degree of difficulty and near-flawless execution.

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