Marissa Starkel Staff Writer
It’s no surprise that Simone Biles continues to outdo herself every competition. On Oct. 13, 2019, she won her 25th world championship medal in Stuttgart, Germany. She scored 15.399 in the vault, 15.066 on the beam, and 15.133 points on the floor (which landed her the title of first place). This officially earned her the title of the most decorated female gymnast in the world. She currently surpassed Belarusian, Vitaly Scherbo, who earned his 23 medals at the world championship during the 1990s.
At only the young age of 22, Biles has earned two more signature moves named after her which caused quite the controversy when performed this weekend. “The Biles” consists of a double-double dismount on the balance beam. “The Biles 2” consists of a triple-double on the floor. Both skills are extremely complex, but accomplishing these skills on the beam is next level.
It wasn’t even until the U.S. Gymnastics Championship in August when she was able to first perfect these skills. Due to Biles being the first gymnast to perfect these skills at an important competition, she was able to get these skills named after her. This has to be submitted to the FIG Women’s Technical Committee, where they add it to the FIG Code of Points. “The Biles” skill was given the value of H, which is only eight-tenths of a point. This is one of, if not the most difficult skills to accomplish, and is insulting to give it an H value.
The FIG Women’s Technical Committee discourages gymnastics from performing this skill because they believe that it’s too dangerous. Although most skills are putting a gymnast at risk of an injury, this one has a high risk of landing on the neck. The members of this committee think that the skill deserved the value that it was given. This indicates that Biles is being penalized for being too skilled of a gymnast and that her accomplishment isn’t as important.
Biles expressed her thoughts on Twitter and doesn’t believe that she should be penalized just because she’s in a league of her own.
Regardless, people from all over the world recognize her achievements and many young athletes will look up to her greatness for generations to come. Biles was one of the stars of the Olympic Games Rio 2016. Aged 19, she lit up the artistic gymnastics competitions, wowing the crowds present in Rio, and spectators watching on TV all over the world, by winning four gold medals. But an uncharacteristic error – an unexpected slip – cost her the title in the balance beam event; she had to settle for bronze, with Dutch gymnast Sanne Wevers taking gold. Biles has her sites firmly set on Tokyo in 2020 and another shot at the gold.