Simone Biles is a force of nature and one of the greatest athletes of all time, but this weekend the four-time Olympic gold medalist defied the odds (and possibly the laws of physics) to prove that she’s only getting better. Biles did not come to play at the U.S. women’s gymnastics championship, where she landed two record-breaking moves in competition.
On Saturday, she became the first woman to end her beam performance with a double-double dismount—that’s two flips and two twists. On Sunday, she made history yet again when she cleanly landed a triple double in her floor exercise routine. She launched so high, she actually vaulted higher than the cameras, peaking at nearly 10-feet off the mat. (Keep in mind, Simone is only 4 foot 8.) All that to say, she won her sixth all around title—tying the record set by Clara Schroth nearly 70 years ago.
“I feel like I compete for perfection,” Biles said in an interview with Olympic Channel following the first day of competition. “Whenever I don’t do that, it really irritates me.”
Many celebs and high-profile people have been sending congrats to the athlete after her historic showing, including Michelle Obama and U.S. Senator, and presidential candidate, Kamala Harris.
“Always breaking barriers,” tweeted the former FLOTUS. “Couldn’t be more proud of you!”
— Michelle Obama (@MichelleObama) August 12, 2019
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) August 12, 2019
— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) August 12, 2019
MOVIE PITCH: Simone Biles as live-action Spider Gwen. Huge savings on the CGI budget because you won’t need any. Bam.
— T.J. Chambers (@tjchambersLA) August 12, 2019
— PRIYANKA (@priyankachopra) August 13, 2019
Simone has yet to comment on her big weekend, but her reaction after competing on Sunday says it all. Long live Queen Biles!
.@Simone_Biles‘ reaction …
— Team USA (@TeamUSA) August 12, 2019