Sanne Wevers stunned the audience at the Rio Olympics and around the world by beating both Simone Biles and Laurie Hernandez to take the gold in the individual balance beam competition on Monday. She scored a 15.466 to keep Biles from winning a fourth gold medal.
The 24-year-old Wevers didn’t just come out of nowhere though. Her balance beam routine is so well-known that she has a move named after her.
Here’s a look at Wevers’ life and career:
1. Wevers’ Twin Sister Lieke Also Made the Rio Olympics & Competed in the Individual All-Around
Wevers has a twin sister, Lieke Wevers, who is also a gymnast. Although they are fraternal twins, they look so much alike, it’s hard to tell the difference. Lieke also made it to the Olympics and competed in the individual all-around, coming in 20th with a score of 55.865.
The sisters also took part in the team all-around. The Netherlands team finished seventh with a 172.447 score.
The twins were never on a team together until the 2014 European Gymnastics Championships because of various injuries. The two seemed to swap injuries and were never hurt at the same time — or healthy at the same time — until 2014.
“Lieke and I have never been on the team together. When I made the team, she was injured and vice versa. So in 2009 I had an elbow injury, but I was there to watch my sister compete,” Wevers International Gymnast in May 2014.
In an interview with Fit met Voeding, Wevers said that the two are only similar in gymnastics and different when it comes to everything else.
2. Wevers Has Her Own Balance Beam Move Named After Her
For her balance beam routine, she stands on the beam, takes a double turn with her leg held horizontally. The move has been dubbed the “Wevers Move.” Her entire routine is unique from other gymnasts.
While her performance earned a 15.466, Biles won bronze with a 14.733 score. Laurie Hernandez won silver with a 15.333 score.
3. She Won the First Ever Individual Medal of Any Kind for a Dutch Female Gymnast
Amazingly, despite a long history in the Olympics, no female gymnast from The Netherlands had won an individual medal of any color until Wevers on won gold on Monday, NBC Sports. It’s only the third medal overall for the Dutch in artistic gymnastics, after the team won gold in 1928 and Epke Zonderland won the horizontal bar medal in London.
Wevers also has a silver in the balance beam from the 2015 World Championships. She won a bronze in the uneven bars at the European Championships.
4. The Wevers Twins are Coached by Their Father
The twins are coached by their father, Vincent Wevers, who has been coaching since 1985. They train at their home gym and rarely work with the national team.
“We only train together with the national team in preparation for the major competitions. Also we have a few meetings/camps a year with Dutch selection team,” the twins told International Gymnast.
Vincent Wevers also works with Tom Leenders, who is a nutrition and supplement specialist. He’s been working with the twins since November 2010.
5. Wevers Called Beating Simone Biles ‘Really Weird’
Wevers was just as shocked by her win as those in the audience. She told Telegraaf that it was “Really weird.” However, once she saw her score, she realized that it would be tough for anyone to beat her. The high score and high degree of difficulty made it hard for Biles and Hernandez to win gold.
Biles, who missed one skill in her routine, told USA Today that she wasn’t too disappointed in her performance.
“We try to say that she is a super human, but actually I think probably a little bit the pressure get to her or just mentally under the situation that you permanently have to focus and permanently have to be extremely sharp,” Team USA coordinator Martha Karolyi told USA Today. “Your brain maybe for a moment, it just gets tired.”
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