Simone Biles’ stunning floor routine Tuesday was one of the highlights of the U.S. gymnastic team’s second straight team gold medal. Watch the routine in the video above. You can also click here to watch it on YouTube.
Since arriving on the scene in 2013, Biles has been dominant. The 4-foot-9 gymnast will go down as one of the greatest gymnasts the world has ever seen. At the World Championships, she became the first woman ever to win three straight all-around titles and the first gymnast to capture 10 gold medals.
“She may be the most talented gymnast I’ve ever seen in my life, honestly,” said 1984 Olympic champion Mary Lou Retton. “She’s Simone. She is in her own category.”
Biles’ signature event is the floor routine, a display of her faultless execution, and athleticism. The American gymnast is especially dominant on the floor, where she captured three consecutive World Championship gold medals.
On Tuesday, Biles showed why she’s one of the most elite female athletes. She opened her routine with a fierce double layout.
She followed her opening pass with her signature move: “the Biles.” It consists of a double layout with a half-twist and a blind landing. It’s done at the end of her second tumbling pass.
The move was created after Biles injured her calf when landing short on a double layout full out during practice, the gymnast told Fox Sports. Biles and her coach felt a front-facing landing would help protect her calf.
“And she said, ‘No one has ever done that skill before so it could potentially be named after you if you ever went to a world competition and did it,’” Biles said of her coach, Aimee Boorman.
Biles told The New York Times many male gymnasts can’t complete the move.
“I’ve seen some of, like, my guy friends try it ― but they never land it. So they get really upset,” Biles said.
Biles is unmatched when it comes to power, and height. At the peak of her pass, she nearly clears twice her own height. The elevation gives Biles time to complete more aerial maneuvers.
The 19-year-old gymnast led the U.S. team to a gold medal a few days after she qualified to the all-around final with a total score of 62.366.
Biles, who only needed a score of 7.8 to guarantee a gold medal win for the women’s team, scored a 15.8 on her floor routine Tuesday night.
“Before I begin a routine I just think confidence and how many times I’ve done this routine,” she told Fox Sports. “So one more isn’t too big a deal. I just try to relax and not think about it as much right before I go.”
As Biles fully showcased her strength and stamina during her floor routine, many took to social media in response: