Simone Biles he keeps writing his name in the history books. The legendary American gymnast returned to compete this weekend 19 months later and did it with a jump never executed before by a woman, a ‘Yurchenko with double mortally pike’, in the US Classic where, in addition, the gold medal was hung.
A further recognition of his 5 triumphs at the Rio Olympic Games in 2016 and the other 19 that he has been reaping in the World Cups held since 2014, since he was 17 years old. Now, he breaks the barriers of his own sport by performing a jump that no woman had done before, and less in official competition.
Last February the training of the American came to light, preparing the great Yurchenko with a double mortal pike that she has finally managed to execute.
“I just was thinking: do it like when you train. Don’t try to exaggerate anything, because I have a tendency as soon as I raise my hand to dominate things, “Biles told NBC after the tournament.”I’m proud of how things turned out, although it was a bit difficult“.
The jump of the American opens the doors to see some similar in the next Tokyo Games, after verifying that, for now, the judges will not penalize the danger of jumping. One of the “fears” in this type of highly complicated maneuver is that gymnasts, by putting their physical integrity at risk, are not given a good score to avoid serious injury.
The height required to perform the double turn, with the body pinchering at a 90 degree angle, the control and accuracy required to avoid falling in a dangerous manner, threatens that the International Gymnastics Federation devalues exercise in Tokyo. However, his American namesake does not see it that way.