Simone Biles is no stranger to making headlines where she’s constantly crushing her competition, and climbing the ladder of success all the way to an Olympic gold medal. This week was no different for the Olympian Gymnast, as she secured her fifth all around world gymnastic championship title. The award is Biles 22nd medal at the world championships, and 16th gold medal, the accomplishment broke the record for most medals won overall by a woman at the world championships. She’s now just one behind Vitaly Scherbo, who holds 23 titles, which is the record for both men and women, according to the New York Times. Her victory was considered a runaway, with a 2.1 point margin of victory on a score of 58.999.
“Every year it feels better and better just because we’re adding to the legacy. I feel like I never think of records. I just go out there and do what I came to do, which is to compete for the country. It’s just so surreal to come out here and end up on top with the strength of the team that we have, even after having a couple falls out there,” Biles said.
Team USA won its seventh consecutive team title at the world championships this week, with an overall team score of 172.330, beating the runner up, Russia, by 5.801 points, according to the Times. Biles, like any perfectionist at their craft, was left unsatisfied with her record-breaking performances and told reporters afterwards that she felt she “played it safe.” The crowd and judges obviously disagreed to the fullest extent.
Her final floor routine is what really set Biles apart from her competitors. She was the final gymnast to perform, and after a series of underwhelming routines from her competitors, the audience knew Biles had the win in the bag. According to the Times coverage of the championship rounds, Biles began her routine with her iconic body bending, triple twisting double somersault which set the standard for the whole performance. The crowd reportedly could not stop cheering and gasping at the awe-inspiring routine. Biles is no stranger to having her countries support, as she’s been one of the biggest names in Olympic athlete’s since her debut. After all was said in done with the routine, Biles quite literally dropped the mic to her competitors. No really, after sticking the landing of her final trick, she extended her right arm and pretended to do a mic drop, and rightfully so.
Biles has been dominating the gymnastics world for the past six years, taking home four gold medals at the Rio Olympics in 2014 at her Olympic debut, and she hasn’t slowed down since. This past week she was the only woman who qualified to compete in all four gymnastic events at the world championships in Germany. Not only did she break records but she made even more history by finishing her beam routine with a double twisting double back flip dismount. The move has only ever been done previously during floor routines and even then with a running start it’s considered a major risk.
Biles was dumbfounded and humbled by the massive amount of support and enthusiasm her country praised her on, amd for being one of the best athletes of our generation. “I don’t know; I feel like it’s not me. Sometimes I wonder how I do it. I feel like it’s just, like, not me. I wish I could have like an out-of-body experience to witness it, because sometimes I think I’m going crazy. I really don’t know how I do it sometimes,” she stated. On Friday, the athlete celebrated her win on Twitter, writing, “Feeling GOLDEN this morning … every time feels just like the first.”
Eric Mastrota is a Contributing Editor at The National Digest based in New York. A graduate of SUNY New Paltz, he reports on world news, culture, and lifestyle. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.