Simone Biles could be on the verge of history after managing to land on vault in practice
The greatest gymnast of all time could add to her legacy.
Simone Biles landed Yurchenko’s double pike in practice in a video shared by NBC Olympics on Friday. In an interview with “60 Minutes” in February, her coaches said a woman had never landed the jumping challenge.
Biles will return to the mats at the US Classic in Indianapolis on Saturday for her first competitive action since the 2019 World Championships. During her trip to Germany, she won her 25th medal, the largest of all gymnasts in history. . The last time Biles lost a competition was in 2013.
In the “60 Minutes” interview, Biles coaches Laurent and Cecile Landi said that Biles would be the first woman to attempt Yurchenko’s double pike, and that only men have ever made the move.
“It’s very, very difficult. And the scary thing is that people can get hurt, you know? You do a short landing, you can hurt your ankles, and then … it’s a very dangerous jump, “said Laurent Landi.
According to a report published in USA Today, because no woman has attempted the move in competition, there is uncertainty as to how many points the move would be worth. The report states that if Biles attempts the movement in competition before the Olympics, the movement will be valued by the International Gymnastics Federation.
Biles told the Texas Monthly in March that she plans to move movement into the all-around final at the Olympics rather than the vault final, and that she “trains fairly regularly.”
“There haven’t been too many times I’ve been like, ‘Oh, that was really scary. Maybe we shouldn’t be doing this. ‘ It was actually like, ‘Wow that’s doable, we can do it,’ “Biles told Texas Monthly.” And that’s kind of the scary part, I’m testing my limits, proving to myself that I cheat on me, and say, ‘Dang, Simone, you can do this. This is crazy.’ Honestly, at this age, I feel like I would sort of start to go down, but I’m still going up. “
The 24-year-old gymnast has the chance to add five more Olympic gold medals to her already impressive collection. She won four gold medals and a bronze medal at the Rio 2016 Olympics.