Simone Biles Remains The Most Decorated Gymnast In History As She Wins Her Seventh U.S. Title
7th June 2021 by BOTWC Staff
7th June 2021 by BOTWC Staff
She's the G.O.A.T!
Simone Biles won the women's all-around with 119.65 points Sunday at the U.S. Gymnastics Championship in Fort Worth, Texas. The four-time Olympic gold medal winner reminded the audience, and the world, why she's the GOAT when she captured her seventh U.S. title. She currently holds 25 World Championship medals, 19 of which are gold, and has won every senior national championship she's entered since 2013. She is the most decorated person in gymnastics history.
"It's really emotional, especially going into my second time doing an Olympic run," Biles told NBCSN. "It's really crazy."
Biles previously tied for six titles with Clara Schroth Lomady, who competed between 1945 and 1952 when the Amateur Athletic Union was the sport's national governing body. She is currently tied with Alfred Jochim, who won between 1925 and 1933, for most by titles won by any American.
The 24-year-old phenom received the highest combined scores on beam, floor exercise, and vault; this is the fourth time she has won three or more event titles at nationals.
"I feel like every single championship stands out for a different reason, but this one stands out specifically because it's the road to Tokyo," Biles told reporters.
During her floor routine, Biles used a song from "Fast and Furious: Tokyo Drift" and showcasing her moves with a never-been-done-before maneuver dubbed "The Biles."
Biles' teammates Jordan Chiles and Sunisa Lee came in third and as runner-up, respectively.
"I feel like I did try to enjoy it because it could be one of my last championships that I'll attend," Biles said. "But it's also the road to Tokyo, and after this, we have trials, so we just have to really embrace the moment."
The gymnast has been making history in her most recent competitions, pulling off the infamously dangerous and difficult Yurchenko double pike at the U.S. Classic two weeks ago. However, the judges penalized her for pulling off the impossible.
"They're both too low, and they even know it," Biles told reporters. "But they don't want the field to be too far apart. And that's just something that's on them. That's not on me. They had an open-ended code of points, and now they're mad that people are too far ahead and excelling."
She continues to defend her ability to do what others can't - perform the double pike Yurchenko. When asked if she'd still do the move, she quickly told reporters, "Because I can."
After stunningly conquering the U.S. Championships, Biles and her teammates will set their sights on the Olympic Trials, which take place later this month.
.@Simone_Biles successfully completed a Yurchenko double pike in vault at last night's #USClassic.— #TokyoOlympics (@NBCOlympics) May 23, 2021
She is the first woman in HISTORY to perform the move in competition. @OnHerTurf pic.twitter.com/j07ZweTA0f
From June 24-27 in St. Louis, Missouri, athletes will compete until four are chosen for the team event in Tokyo, with a fifth coming in solely as an individual. The games begin on July 23 in Tokyo after being rescheduled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
I have never seen an athlete be so dominant 🔥 https://t.co/VnWs2F5JBM— Drew (@DrewGlobal) June 7, 2021
Yesssssssssssss! She’s butter, baby! Smooth AF https://t.co/UQSjC4tvaQ— Jana G (@plutos_queen) June 7, 2021
my favorite @Simone_Biles moment of the night: immediately after winning her 7th national champs title she goes to comfort her friend and gym mate @ChilesJordan who was emotional for performing so well after being counted out for years. “you deserve it jordan, you belong here” pic.twitter.com/jG97aJqM83— 𓆉 (@ungodlywests) June 7, 2021
Can’t get over watching this ❤️ You're so amazing out there babe! pic.twitter.com/bDVlOLyyO5
— Jonathan Owens (@jjowens_3) June 7, 2021
if you told me simone biles could walk on water, i’d believe you pic.twitter.com/40pNyI7GPr— love yourself. (@MichellCClark) June 6, 2021
Simone Biles becomes the first woman to win 7 U.S. All-Around titles. She now has more all-around titles than any other woman in history. 🏆🥇 pic.twitter.com/YsoCHHMMng— MEFeater Magazine (@mefeater) June 7, 2021
hard to put into words how I’m feeling but I still have more work to put in. Excited to have the opportunity to compete in Olympic Trials in a few weeks. thanks everyone for the endless support, it means the world to me 🤎 XO— Simone Biles (@Simone_Biles) June 7, 2021
We're always rooting for you, Simone!
Photo Credit: Simone Biles/Twitter