Simone Biles just reminded us why she’s the greatest gymnast of all time

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Olympic sensation Simone Biles pushed the boundaries of sport beyond the imagination at the weekend with a series of record-breaking moves, showing the world exactly why she’s the world’s greatest gymnast.

She tumbles. She twists. She executes seemingly impossible moves that surpass the imagination. And though there never seems to be adequate words to capture how Simone Biles defies the forces of gravity, it’s true to say that the world’s greatest gymnast is truly flying right now.

At the US Gymnastics Championships in Kansas City over the weekend, the American proved exactly why she’s a world champion when she became the first woman in almost 70 years to win a sixth all-around title since Clara Schroth Lomady won her sixth US title in 1952. But Biles wasn’t just there to equal records; she was there to break them.

In her floor exercise, the four-time Olympic gold medallist decided to take on the triple twisting-double somersault, a move so challenging that no other female gymnast has ever attempted it in competition. A move so difficult, that even Biles’ coach, Laurent Landi, left the decision in the hands of his pupil.

So when Biles successfully pulled off the astonishing manoeuvre at the end of her first tumbling pass, we got confirmation of why the 22-year-old really is the greatest gymnast of all time. 

An NBC replay of Biles soaring through the air showed that she jumped higher than its boom camera during the extraordinary move, while one Twitter user pointed out that at the peak of her floor routine Simone Biles is close to 10 feet off the mat, two feet higher than the high jump world record.

Biles wasn’t done there, though. In her quest to redefine the parameters of women’s gymnastics, she then took on a second move so difficult that no other woman has ever tried on the balance beam: a double twisting, double somersault dismount. And, you guessed it, she landed it.

At the end of the competition, Biles had notched up an incredible score of 118.5, and secured the top spots in her vault, floor and balance beam routines.

For the time being, it looks as though no other gymnast will come close to rivalling Biles’ unprecedented winning streak. Since 2013, she has won 20 straight all-around events, and has made seemingly impossible moves possible in the world of gymnastics thanks to her immense talent. With the world championships around the corner, and the Olympic games on the horizon in 2029, it looks as though Biles will continue to break her own records. 

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Christobel Hastings

Christobel Hastings is Stylist's Entertainment Editor whose specialist interests include pop culture, LGBTQ+ identity and lore.