Simone Biles made gymnastics history on Friday night, Aug. 9, by becoming the first person to successfully dismount two flips and two twists. Two days later, she made history again as the first woman to land a clean triple-double on a floor exercise at the 2019 U.S. Gymnastics Championships in Kansas City, Missouri.
Biles, 22, from Spring, Texas, captured her sixth U.S. women’s gymnastics title on Sunday that led her to become the first and only other woman since Clara Schroth in 1952 to win six national titles, according to Team USA.
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When @Simone_Biles becomes the first woman in history to hit a triple-double:
— Team USA (@TeamUSA) August 12, 2019
She promised to be better in the finals and she was more than that. It’s the challenge of pushing herself to the edge of her remarkable abilities that brought her back to the sport a year ago. Her pursuit is symbolized by the idea to include the triple-double—a skill never done before by a woman in competition—in her floor routine.
She was all smiles as she landed her history-making feat.
Biles took the top scores on vault, floor, and balance beam but placed second on bars.
The latest competition was seen as the start of Biles’s preparation for the 2020 Olympics. She’s already a four-time Olympic gold medalist.