Simone Biles of Team U.S.A. made history while practicing for the Tokyo Olympics as she nailed the Yurchenko double pike vault to podium, all caught on video.
In the short clip taken today, you can see the mind-blowing athleticism that we are constantly hit with by the 24-year-old superstar. Even though she took a step back in the dismount, it was still stunning. The slow-motion look at it shows how much height she got while maintaining a near-perfect form.
“@Simone_Biles just casually bringing her Yurchenko double pike vault to podium training! Goat#TokyoOlympics #SimoneBiles,” the NBC Olympics Twitter page wrote.
👀 @Simone_Biles just casually bringing her Yurchenko double pike vault to podium training! 🐐#TokyoOlympics #SimoneBiles pic.twitter.com/V6veMIHUzW— #TokyoOlympics (@NBCOlympics) July 22, 2021
The above move requires a gymnast to perform a backflip off the vault, then complete two full rotations in a pike position before landing — a very difficult move to land.
One person in awe of her move wrote, “I can’t walk and chew gum. I’ve nearly broken an ankle [vacuuming] and I had a life-threatening accident sleeping. #SimoneBiles is stunning.”
I can’t walk and chew gum. I’ve nearly broken an ankle vacuumed and I had a life -threatening accident sleeping. 😳 #SimoneBiles is stunning.— Leslie (@TXWomenRESIST) July 22, 2021
There are already two floor exercise moves named after her –“The Biles” and “The Biles II,” with the latest practice vault in the running for the latest signature move dub.
The next Biles! @Simone_Biles #nbc2020 pic.twitter.com/Op9aHxr5er— tim daggett (@timdaggettnbc) July 22, 2021
Watch Simone’s signature moves below:
Biles even got her own Twitter emoji, the first female athlete to do so.
Witness greatness— Twitter Sports (@TwitterSports) July 21, 2021
Tweet with greatness#SimoneBiles#Simone pic.twitter.com/M6RKzP3KB6
Simone posed with fellow U.S. Gymnastics Olympian MyKayla Skinner, calling them both “OG’s” but meaning “Olympic Grandmas” instead.
little did you know OG means Olympic Grandma’s pic.twitter.com/1eu2ANttaw— Simone Biles (@Simone_Biles) July 22, 2021
Biles is one of six gymnasts making up the U.S. women’s gymnastics team. She’s joined by Skinner, Jordan Chiles, Sunisa Lee, Jade Carey and Grace McCallum. Per Today, the team opted out of staying in Tokyo’s Olympic Village and will be staying at a nearby hotel instead.
The team’s alternate Kara Eaker recently tested positive for COVID-19 and both she and her fellow alternate Leanne Wong were placed in quarantine.