Simone Biles is the World’s Most Decorated Gymnast
Simone Biles is officially the most decorated woman gymnast in history.
Simone Biles, who made her Olympic debut only 3 years ago in Rio, has already become the most decorated woman gymnast in history.
The 22-year-old scored the record-breaking win on Tuesday at the Gymnastics World Championship in Germany, bringing her total medal haul to 21.
With Team USA’s fifth consecutive win on October 8, 2019 at the gymnastics world championship in Germany, Biles now has 21 world medals. They scored a collective 172.330 points with second and third place going to Russia and Italy. She scored the highest individual points in vault, balance beam, and floor exercise.
The former women’s record-holder is retired Russian gymnast Svetlana Khorkina, who has 20 medals.
Three days earlier, Biles landed her second career triple-double at the event, which was also the second time the move was ever completed. It was officially dubbed “Biles II.” In order for a gymnast to have a move named after them, they must submit it as well as successfully land it at a major competition. Biles now has a total of four moves named after her.
On Thursday, she will compete in the women’s all-around final, where she could beat the all-time record of 23 medals, set by Belarus’ Vitaly Scherbo in xxx year.
"I didn't really think about [the records]. I think it's really impressive for someone to be able to [set a record?]. It's kind of exhilarating but I think I haven't had the chance to process it yet,” she told USA Gymnastics/NBC Sports?. “I think we're celebrating tonight, for all of this: for the team, for the medal count, for the fifth year in a row."