‘I’m Trying to Beat Myself’- Simone Biles on Her Tokyo Olympics 2020 Goals

Published 07/20/2021, 1:27 PM EDT
Simone Biles competes on the floor at the U.S. Women’s Olympic Gymnastics trials in St Louis, Missouri, U.S. June 25, 2021. REUTERS/Lindsey Wasson


In a recent interview, Simone Biles spoke about her biggest competitor at the Tokyo Olympics 2020, herself. The record-breaking Olympic gold medalist is twenty-four years old. This will probably be her last Olympic Games.

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The American will look to break more records and push herself to the limits. Winning all five events she is participating in will solidify her name as the greatest gymnast ever. With 4 days to go for the Olympics, the anticipation and excitement are at their peak.

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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – AUGUST 09: Simone Biles of the United States poses for photographs with her gold medal after the medal ceremony for the Artistic Gymnastics Women’s Team on Day 4 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Rio Olympic Arena on August 9, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Biles pushes her limits

Simone Biles has won a record 25 World Championship medals, and won every all-around competition she has participated in since 2013. Biles says she is excited to try things in the sport that were once ‘unimaginable’.

Earlier this year she became the first woman to land a Yurchenko double-pike vault in competition. “I’m trying to be better than I was at the last meet, so I’m trying to beat myself,” Biles told NBC television.

“And so now I’m doing things that were unimaginable to the sport, and even for myself, and it’s honestly crazy but I’m really excited because I feel like I’ve pushed my limits.” 

A historic Rio Olympics 

Simone Biles is the most decorated gymnast that has ever lived. With 30 Olympic and World Championship medals. She is always in the conversation of the greatest and most dominant gymnasts.

She made this clear in Rio 2016 when she won three individual golds, one team gold, and one bronze. She would have won all five gold medals had she not slipped on the beam. 

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Simone Biles of the U.S. performs during her beam routine in the women’s apparatus final at the World Gymnastics Championships at the Hydro arena in Glasgow, Scotland, November 1, 2015. REUTERS/Russell Cheyne

As she nears the end of her professional career, she says she is in the best shape. She feels sharper and quicker than ever. The twenty-four-year-old may well be competing in her last Olympic Games.

In any other sport, 24 is very young. In gymnastics, however, it is the ripe age for retirement, any older and the athletes seem to lack the power and explosiveness needed on the mats.

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The whole world watches with their eyes pried open as the American looks to cement her name in the history books. Only time will tell if she will live up to her expectations. 

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Allan Binoy

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Allan Binoy is a Combat Sports Author at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing a bachelor's degree in English Literature. Allan is a semi-professional football player for Diego Juniors FC.

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