“Simone Biles Was a Witch”: Fans Left in Frenzy as Bizarre Difference in 100 Years of Gymnastics Come to Light

Published 08/13/2022, 9:45 AM EDT
USA’s Simone Biles in the Women’s Beam Final at Ariake Gymnastic Centre on the eleventh day of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in Japan. Picture date: Tuesday August 3, 2021. (Photo by Mike Egerton/PA Images via Getty Images)

Simone Biles dropped by and reached new heights of greatness in a sport that had potentially reached its evolutionary epitome. She gave the first example of her talent when she won the World Championship title in her debut appearance. And Biles hasn’t stopped since. She won 25 World Championship medals, making her the most decorated gymnast of all time. She has also won 19 gold medals at the championships, which is the most in history for either gender.

Biles’ leaping, twisting, and turning abilities are arguably a notch above her current competition. When Simone’s clips are played side by side with her competitors, her performances stand out because of the difficulty of her leaps. But what would happen if one was to compare today’s Biles with the gymnasts from 100 years ago?


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Simone Biles’ performance compared to those from 100 years ago

There’s no argument that Simone Biles has been a true gymnastics GOAT. The American gymnast took the world by storm as she invented new moves with the highest level of difficulty. Simone often performs tricks that other gymnasts stay away from because of the risk factor. And she does them flawlessly. It is a small wonder that Biles has quickly become the role model for every budding gymnast in the world.

Recently, a Twitter user uploaded a video comparing the gymnastics scenario 100 years apart. Unsurprisingly, clips of Simone’s performances represented most of the modern-day scene. The technical ability and the difference in the level of difficulty are visible. While the old times’ gymnasts were doing simple single flips, followed by a soft landing, Simone’s tricks were rather berserk, ending in a harder landing.

But the best part about the video is perhaps the reaction of the fans.

People’s reaction to the unique clip

As the video contained most clips of ‘Airline Biles,’ her fans took to Twitter to express some of their unique thoughts.

One user wrote, “they woulda thought Simone Biles was a witch.”

Suggesting similar things as the previous tweet, another user wrote, “Simone Biles would’ve been taken to the Salem woods.”

Some other reactions were:


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Another user had a different take on things, adding the angle of climate change to the mix. They wrote, “Only one explanation… Climate change has slowly deteriorated Earth’s gravity…”


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The evolution of the sport of gymnastics has been drastic in the last century. With Simone’s arrival, the sport has reached newer heights. The sport has four moves named after the famed gymnast, as they were unseen before she performed them. The Tokyo Olympics were disappointing for her as she had to withdraw because of mental health issues. But, the American has not retired from the sport and may make a last-gasp effort at the 2024 Paris Olympics.



Naman Gopal Srivastava

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Naman Gopal is a US Sports Writer at EssentiallySports. Naman is an Undergraduate in Journalism and Mass Communication, with a minor’s degree in Cinematography from the Maharashtra Institute of Technology. An ardent fan of basketball and soccer, Naman was once a national level soccer player himself.

Edited By: Simar Singh Wadhwa