Update: Can You Do The Biles?

October 16, 2019

Last week, we shared that Olympic gymnast Simone Biles rocked the team competition at the FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships with incredible beam and floor routines. The dismount to her beam routine and the opening flip combination in her floor routine were so out-of-this-world and the first ever performed by a gymnast in an international competition, that they were named after her! How awesome is that? Well, Biles wasn’t done just yet. In the individual vault and floor competitions, Biles collected two more gold medals, making her the most decorated gymnast in World Championships history with a total of twenty-five medals. Yes, if you’re keeping score, not only did Biles get two moves named after her, added more bling to her trophy case, but she also made history at these championships. We’d say that this is a World Championships she won’t soon forget, wouldn’t you agree? Congratulations, Ms. Biles!

No, it’s not a dance move like the floss, but something much more difficult! The “Biles” is when a gymnast dismounts from a beam with a double-twisting double backflip. Yeah, it’s difficult, but why are we talking about it now?

Simone Biles By Agência Brasil Fotografias – EUA levam ouro na ginástica artística feminina; Brasil fica em 8º lugar, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=50584791

Whether you’re a fan of gymnastics or not, you’ve probably heard of the name Simone Biles. She’s a member of the USA gymnastics team and is often referred to as one of the greatest gymnasts ever. It’s a much-deserved title given that she’s only twenty-two years old and has already won five Olympic medals and more than a dozen World Championship titles. Recently, Biles competed with her teammates in Stuttgart, Germany, at the FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships. Biles competed in all four disciplines (beam, vault, floor, and uneven bars) and did what she does best: crushed them all! While that’s news in itself, two specific things that she did had people talking. First, she successfully completed her beam routine with a double-twisting, double backflip dismount—a move that no one else has ever done in competition. Then she opened her floor routine with a triple-twisting, double backflip—again, something that no other gymnast has ever done before in competition. Because she is the first person to ever do both moves in competition and land them successfully, these moves have been named after her! After Team USA claimed their fifth consecutive title at the World Championships, they named Biles’ beam dismount the “Biles” and her triple-twisting, double backflip floor routine as the “Biles II.” Yep, moves can get officially named after a gymnast when they are the first to ever perform the move in a major championship. Cool, right? What’s even cooler? These two moves aren’t the first to be named after Biles; there are two other moves already named after her! You go, girl!