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Hours After Clinching History, Simone Biles Issues 10-Word Message to the World Ahead of Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Belgium

Published 09/20/2023, 5:06 AM EDT

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On day one of the Selection Camp for the 2023 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships, the highest-scoring all-around athlete secured a coveted spot on the six-member team. As Simone Biles is going through a historic phase in her gymnastics career, she faced several challenges and setbacks, including falls on uneven bars and vaults. But Biles ultimately finished at the top of the table at the end of the first day. Naturally, her joy knew no bounds at the achievement and she let it flow.

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Nevertheless, the achievement did not come easily. The scores seemed bleak for the 26-year-old at one point, as she was falling behind by a wide margin. But Biles, who is renowned for her staunch spirit, pulled off an incredible comeback, demonstrating her fortitude and dominance. Success always seems sweet when it is earned in a hard way. But as always, the American gymnast did not step back in sharing her joy on social media once again.

The 10-word message of Simone Biles speaks volumes


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Simone Biles, mere hours after clinching her place in the US Gymnastics World Championship team at the selection camp, took to Instagram to share a historic moment with her fans and followers. Her Instagram story was a repost of a post by Team USA and USA Gymnastics, celebrating her as the “ONLY U.S. WOMAN IN HISTORY SELECTED TO COMPETE AT SIX WORLD ARTISTIC GYMNASTICS CHAMPIONSHIPS.”


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In her story, the American superstar added her own heartfelt ten words, “Back to where it all started, see you soon Belgium,” followed by emotional emojis and a heart. She continued writing from “2013 to 2023”, with a shaking hands emoji between the dates.


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Simone Biles’ way to the top


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It was in 2013 that Simone Biles first came onto the global stage of the World Championships. Now, a decade later, she stands as a symbol of an awe-inspiring legacy and an icon to aspiring young gymnasts and athletes worldwide. At the selection camp in Katy, Biles once again proved that she is a force to be reckoned with in the world of gymnastics.

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Despite facing challenges, she emerged as the all-around champion, with the highest score finishing with 55.700 points—0.400 points ahead of the reigning world silver medallist, Shilese Jones, who secured 55.300. This adds another jewel to her crown, coming after she clinched her 8th national title at the Nationals just last month.


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As Simone Biles prepares to represent the United States once more on the global stage, the gymnastics community and her army of supporters hope that she will continue to shine in Antwerp, Belgium, paving her way to the Paris Olympics in 2024.

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Christaline Meyers


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Christaline Meyers is a pro-writer for Essentially Sports. Having contributed to movies and web series, Christaline delved into sports journalism and like the puck on the ice, has been a force to be reckoned with in the US sports arena. Her experience in writing about the latest WSL event, the recent track and field record, and creative gymnastics routines, found her digging deeper into the minds of legends like Kelly Slater, Usain Bolt, and Simone Biles.
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