“Name Sounds Vaguely Terrifying”: Gymnastics GOAT Simone Biles Was Petrified to Attempt a Move Performed by a 41-Year-Old Gymnast in 2016

Published 11/11/2022, 3:16 PM EST

Gymnastics is one of the most difficult sports. It asks a lot from a gymnast to perform at the highest level. Even the experts rate it as one of the most deadly sports in the Olympics. The sport needs gymnasts to master taking extreme risks. Moreover, it demands high balance, stability, strength, flexibility, and endurance in both the upper and lower extremities. But a girl from Ohio, the legendary gymnast, Simone Biles, mastered it with excellence.

However, in the 2016 Rio Olympics, a 41-year-old (2016) gymnast, Oksana Chusovitina from Uzbekistan, tried the controversial maneuver Produnova. What did the gymnastic GOAT say about the move and Oksana after the event? Did she ever try Produnova in her career?

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Biles completely denied trying the deadly move

Simone Biles is arguably the greatest gymnast of all time. She has won seven Olympics medals in her career till now. However, when she appeared in her first Olympics in 2016, she was already called the GOAT. But the 41-year-old gymnast from Uzbekistan and a 23-year-old Indian gymnast tried Produnova, which even Biles is afraid of.

When Biles was questioned about the chances of the audience looking at her trying Produnova, she instantly replied with a negative answer. She said, “I am not trying to die.” Moreover, she added, “someone could get killed trying to pull it off. Even its name sounds vaguely terrifying: “The Produnova.” 

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Now, the natural question that will arise in everyone’s mind is, what is produnova? Let me explain. A Russian gymnast, Yelena Produnova, was the first one to land this move in 1999. And hence, the Produnova vault is named after her. It is counted as one of the toughest and dangerous moves to attempt in gymnastics. 

Simone Biles’ exceptional gymnastics career

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Simone Biles took the gymnastics world by storm. At a young age, she astounded both her competitors and fans with her skills and execution. She became the first woman to win four gold medals in a single installment of the Olympics. Moreover, she was also the first gymnast to conquer three consecutive world all-around titles. 

FORT WORTH, TEXAS – JUNE 06: Simone Biles reacts after compteting on the vault during the Senior Women’s competition of the U.S. Gymnastics Championships at Dickies Arena on June 06, 2021 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Biles has 32 Olympics and world championship medals under her name. In addition to that, Biles also became the youngest American to receive ‘The Presidential Medal of Freedom‘ in 2022. She was just 25 years old when she got honored with the title.

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As Simone Biles is out of action since the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, gymnastics fans all over the world are waiting for a massive comeback from Simone Biles. Although she may never try the Produnova vault in her career, her time in the sport is certainly far from over. Do you think Biles will compete in the 2024 Olympics?

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Kaivalya R Pillai

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Dr. Kaivalya R Pillai is a US Sports author working at EssentiallySports. An accomplished academician, he recently completed his doctorate degree in pharmacy.

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