VIDEO: Relive Simone Biles’ Insane ‘Tokyo Drift’ and ‘Jokers’ Floor Routine at Tokyo Olympics 2020

Published 09/28/2021, 2:43 AM 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


Simone Biles is an American artistic gymnast, and arguably one of the greatest to have ever graced the sport. Leaving the audience awestruck at the recent Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo, she put her talent on full display on the tunes of ‘Tokyo Drift’ and ‘Joker.’

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At just 24, the star gymnast has taken over the world with her incredible feet. She was only 6 years old when she showed an inclination towards gymnastics.

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With more confidence in her capabilities, she began her professional training under Aimee Boorman when she was 8 years old. However, with 4 gold, 1 silver, and 3 bronze Olympic medals to her name now, the young American has grown into a world-renowned star.

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TOKYO, JAPAN – AUGUST 03: Simone Biles of Team United States reacts during the Women’s Balance Beam Final on day eleven of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Ariake Gymnastics Centre on August 03, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Elite music taste

Simone Biles was a part of the US contingent at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Notably, even before the young gymnast dazzled the audience with her moves, her choice of music had the crowd on its feet.

In the floor event, Simone Biles performed to the tunes of “Tokyo Drift” by Teriyaki Boys (The Fast and the Furious) and “Jokers (Bass Edit)” by DJ Crazyhouse. Matching her feet to the upbeat track, every move she made was applauded with jaw-dropping reactions.

Simone Biles smiles at a teammate during the final day of women’s competition in the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for gymnastics in St. Louis, Missouri, U.S., June 27, 2021. Picture taken June 27, 2021. REUTERS/Lindsey Wasson

To top it all, she constantly had a smile on her face, showing no signs of difficulty or effort, whatsoever. Indeed, this performance was an indication of how comfortable she was while pulling off the most difficult moves with almost a level of comfort and ease.

Simone Biles is a sporting icon

Biles has successfully claimed 25 World Championships displaying sheer confidence and perfection. She has been performing on the balancing beam, vault, and all-around events for a while now.

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Simone Biles practices uneven bars during the U.S. Women’s Olympic Gymnastics trials in St Louis, Missouri, U.S. June 25, 2021. REUTERS/Lindsey Wasson

While addressing the importance of mental health, Biles took a firm stance of not taking part in 3 of her 5 events at the Olympic games. While her move made her the target for unprecedented backlash, it also invoked a worldwide conversation around a topic in dire need of attention.

Hence, she became an inspiration for many and continues to grow as a true sporting icon.

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Divya Chaturvedi

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Divya Chaturvedi is an Olympic Athletics author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing her Under Graduate degree in Psychology from the University of Delhi. She's also an internationally recognized athlete, specializing in Shot Put and Discus, representing India at the International Children's Games held in Australia has been one of the biggest feats in her endeavor so far. Having participated in The Road to Wimbledon and representing the state several times, she bagged a number of titles for the same.

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