Simone Biles secures gold for U.S. women – Team USA
This routine led to the U.S. Simone Biles’ floor routine was the gold medal for the women’s team at the World Championships for the seventh time in a row.
The 26-year-old’s routine helped secure victory for Team USA at the 2023 World Gymnastics Championships in Antwerp, Belgium on Wednesday.
The team of Biles, Shiles Jones, Leanne Wong, Sky Blakely and Jocelyn Roberson won by more than two points over Brazil with an overall score of 167.729.
But victory wasn’t guaranteed, and all eyes were on Biles heading into the final event, floor. The Olympic gymnast needed to score over 13.3 to win gold, but her impressive routine earned her a huge score of 15.166.
The floor routine, which led Team USA to its seventh consecutive team gold, was packed with tricky skills, including a double layout with a perfect twist.
As her score was announced and Team USA victory confirmed, a shocked and delighted Biles could be seen hugging her teammate Roberson, 17, before celebrating with the rest of the team and their coaches.
According to The Washington Post, Roberson was unable to compete in the team finals due to an injury sustained during warmups on vault.
Biles’ floor routine came after she landed one of the world’s hardest vaults days earlier in the competition.
On Sunday, the four-time Olympic gold medalist successfully pulled off a Yurchenko double pike vault, with a back handspring on the apparatus after a round-off entry and back flips.
To stick the landing, the vault — which Biles also landed at the US National Championships weeks earlier — is now known as “Biles II.”
According to NBC Sports, the vault was graded 6.4 in difficulty at the World Championships. The most challenging vault in last year’s competition was rated 5.6.
Biles returned to gymnastics earlier this year after a two-year hiatus, during which she tied the knot with husband Jonathan Owens.
The couple tied the knot in April in a courthouse ceremony before celebrating a second wedding in Cabo San Lucas where they were joined by 140 of their nearest and dearest.
In August, Biles told PEOPLE that despite having seven Olympic medals under her belt, she was nervous about returning to competition.
The athlete admitted, “I think I was quite anxious at first, obviously to come back.” Many sportsmen question whether they will still be the finest athletes after taking a few years off.”How resilient you will be, you were,” she remarked.
“Such a classic,” I remarked. In an effort to finish the meet and ensure that I still had that assurance and belief, I gradually made my way to the top.