Falling on Her Back, Simone Biles Takes Safer Bet at World Artistic Gymnastics Championships 2023

Published 10/07/2023, 10:11 AM EDT

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Over the 3 days of women’s contentions at the World Artistic Gymnastics Championships 2023, Simone Biles not only established herself but also exceptionally led the team. On the 5th of October, the US women’s gymnastics team climbed the podium for the 7th consecutive time at the World Championships with 167.729 points. Biles then leaping ahead toward the individual rounds, stood no behind.

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Performing at the all-around, Biles claimed the 6th World title, equalling the record held by Kohei Uchimura. However, that isn’t all for the gymnast as she headed towards the apparatus finals on the 7th which included her qualification in the Vaults.

Simone Biles considers her choices at the 2023 Worlds apparatus finals

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The gymnastics icon appeared for the Apparatus Finals at the 2023 Worlds on Saturday to claim back her vault titles. Simone, establishing her force, initially went on to perform the Yurchenko Double Pike; the most difficult of the vaults in the women’s apparatus. The move however is in the process of being named as Biles II after the 26-year-old filed for a submission and performed it with exceptional grace during the Team Finals. However, the results weren’t kinder for the gymnast.

Performing the Yurchenko Double Pike, Simone fell on her back while landing the skill. The incident unfortunately led Biles to make a quick decision to maintain her lead. Going in for round 2, the gymnast chose to lead with a Cheng.

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Landing a perfect one on the Cheng, Simone scored 14.666, which was preceded by the Yurchenko Double Pike with 14.433. The total of the 2 performances landed Biles to 2nd place on the table with 14.549. Simone Biles is placed behind remarkable rival Rebecca Andrade with 14.750.

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Simone Biles continues her streak

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Biles made her debut in the Worlds at the exact location she now stands ten years later. In 2013, Simone unaware of her future impact competed alongside the best of the US women’s gymnastics team. Since then, it has been a sky-ground shift for the youngster as she walked the path forward. 

In 2021, Simone performed the Yurchencko Double Pike for the first time at U.S Classics. The gymnast gaining confidence from there moved to submit an appeal to have the element named after her at the 2023 Worlds. Performing at the all-around event, Simone scored a 15.266 perfectly executing the skill. The element has since proceeded to be named Biles II. 

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Inclusive of the recent element, Simone has a total of 5 of them named for her;  one on the balance beam, two on the floor exercise and two on vault. Simone walking her path in radiance spoke to the Olympics on her current mind state. “I think what success means to me is a little bit different than before because before everyone defined success for me, even if I had my own narrative that I wanted…So, now, it’s just showing up, being in a good head place, having fun out there, and whatever happens, happens.” Simone’s feat in naming the elements has pushed her near to breaking the record held by Nellie Kim; who has 7 elements to her name. 

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Shivatmika Manvi

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Shivatmika Manvi is a US Sports writer at Essentially Sports. Having recently attained her undergraduate degree in Journalism and Mass Communication, Shivatmika aims to tread her way forward into journalism. Further, the writer’s eager enthusiasm toward the world of track and field stems from her family’s loyal viewership of the Olympics, and years later, her passion continues/stands.
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