On Thursday U.S. gymnast Simone Biles made historical past successful her fifth all-around title on the gymnastics world championships in Stuttgart, Germany. With the biggest margin of victory in world championship historical past, Biles beat China’s Tang Xijing by 2.1 factors.
Biles’ fifth title on the world championships makes her probably the most embellished feminine gymnast with 22 complete medals. Her latest medal seals the deal for Biles to be thought-about the best of all time by many, however how does Biles stack up in opposition to earlier nice gymnasts like Nastia Liukin.
Prior to Biles, Liukin was thought-about by many as among the finest gymnasts of all time. During her time representing the US girls’s gymnastics staff, Liukin obtained 9 medals on the world championships, 4 of them being gold. The two are tied for complete Olympic medals with 5 every, however Biles has 4 gold whereas Liukin has one. Biles additionally ranks larger in world medals than fellow American gymnasts Shannon Miller and Alicia Sacramone. Miller completed her profession with 9 world championship medals and Sacramone completed with 10.
Another space the place Biles has Liukin beat is expertise named after gymnasts. According to usagym.org, Liukin solely has one talent named after her on the stability beam, when she accomplished the entrance salto piked with take off from one foot to scale.
At the latest world championships, two new expertise had been named after Biles. The “Biles” was named after she accomplished the double-double tuck, or two flips and two twists, dismount throughout her stability beam routine. Biles then accomplished the triple-double, or a triple-twisting double-backflip, throughout her ground routine, which was named the “Biles II.”
Biles has all however one all-around title on the world championships since 2013; she didn’t compete in 2017.
Prior to Biles’ tallying a complete of 22 medals, Liukin knew that she was destined for greatness.
“She’s just competing against herself. She’s the best gymnast I’ve ever seen,” Liukin stated in an interview with the BBC in 2016. “And obviously the most dominant so far, even without any Olympic medal, just looking at her world championship medal count. The gymnastics that she does is just absolutely incredible. She brings it to a different level.”
Biles, who presently has 5 Olympic medals, will look so as to add to that quantity within the upcoming 2020 Olympic video games in Tokyo. During an interview with BBC, Biles said that the Tokyo Olympics might be her final.
“I feel like my body’s gone through a lot, and it’s kind of just falling apart – not that you can tell, but I really feel it a lot of the time,” she stated.