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All eyes were fixed on Simone Biles’ return to the U.S. Gymnastics Championships. Some anticipated a resoundingly dominant display, while others questioned her reserves at 26. Despite Shilese Jones’s certainty in outshining the 7-time Olympic medalist, Simone Biles, the legend, surpassed expectations, achieving the unthinkable. Echoes of praises are coming from all across the United States as Biles smashes all previous records. The gymnastics prodigy surpassed a record that has stood for almost a century.

Tied with Alfred Jochim from 90 years prior, she had a historic opportunity, which she seized. Breaking records, Biles etched her name in history once again, leaving everyone behind and solidifying her status as an unparalleled icon in the world of gymnastics.

Simone Biles triumphs with a remarkable and historic win

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Simone Biles clinched her 8th national title by notching a resounding 15.4 on the floor, a standout moment in what many consider the most competitive U.S. Championship ever. The 4-time Olympic Gold Medalist’s total score of 103.050 exceeded her rival, Shilese Jones, who earned 99.550. Biles had previously etched her name in history, notably as the first American female gymnast to capture four gold medals at a single Olympic Games in 2016.

Despite doubts arising from her post-Tokyo Olympics 2021 hiatus, Biles performed her magic on the beam and took the victory home. Emerging victorious in the vault, uneven bars, balance beam, and floor exercise, she garnered a chorus of cheers from the audience, marking a monumental moment for gymnastics. As Suni Lee’s absence from the competition, owing to health concerns, left a void, speculation grows whether Jones will pose a genuine challenge to Biles in the forthcoming championship. In the face of competition from Lee and Jones, Simone Biles encountered an additional hurdle to overcome.

Biles conquered several challenges, to secure record-breaking feat

Laurent Landi, a coach integral to Simone Biles’ journey, openly expressed his concerns. Landi advocates that athletes should thrive on strengths without undue penalties. The Yurchenko double pike’s unparalleled complexity remains a territory solely explored by the GOAT herself, with few daring men and no other women. 

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This two-pike rotation demands immense strength and leaves no margin for landing errors. Despite its gravity, the Yurchenko double pike’s skill value remains under debate. While logical for a 6.6 or even 6.4 valuation, recent inclinations from the women’s technical committee lean toward a modest 6.2. This seemingly underestimates Biles’ prowess.

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Nevertheless, she decided not to perform the Yurchenko double pike at the US Gymnastics Championship on day 2. The gymnast opted for the Cheng instead and achieved a 14.850 on Vault. Despite these challenges, Simone Biles emerged victorious, securing a remarkable 8-time All-around champion title, a record-breaking accomplishment.

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