“Not Impossible”: Simone Biles Biggest Competition Rebeca Andrade Still Dissatisfied Despite Near Perfect Vault at Pan-American Games 2023

Published 10/25/2023, 8:11 AM EDT

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The top-tier Brazilian artistic gymnast Rebeca Andrade, made a mark on the Santiago ground after a path-breaking victory at the World Championships. The 2022 all-around World Champion proved herself as the reigning ‘vault queen’, clinching her first Pan American Games gold. When it comes to vaults in gymnastics, there’s no stopping Rebeca. Last month, as the world’s most decorated Simone Biles attempted her signature YDP, Andrade ensured a title snatch. This time, at the Pan Am, Rebeca’s own unimaginable display left a slightly bitter taste in her mouth.

As Andrade’s “Vault was pretty good,” she cemented a legacy of domination in her signature apparatus. After a soul-satisfying display, the 2020 Olympic, 2021, and 2023 World vault champion opened up. While she claimed her tactical display, the score didn’t please her.

Rebeca Andrade has a vault opinion


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One of the most popular ‘X’ users and gymnastic enthusiasts, Scott Bregman shared a post after the conclusion of Pan Am. Celebrating Andrade’s finesse and near-perfect Cheng vault execution, he quoted Rebeca, saying, “Andrade on her vault: “Looking at the video, I think I piked it a bit, maybe if I don’t pike it…. it’s hard for them to give me a 10, but it’s not impossible!“”

Even though she claimed, “I’m happy and proud of everything I presented today,”, she thought the judges could have scored her better. As one of the most difficult vaults requires the ultimate expertise to ace it. And Rebeca, the worthy rival of Simone, proved her excellence in the routine repeatedly. With an extra pike, a 9.733 didn’t quite do justice to her hard work.

While Rebeca’s dissatisfaction stayed long after the game, another gymnast waved her victory flag. Anchoring her team to the deserved gold, Simone’s best friend and hype woman, Jordan Chiles, proved her mark in Pan Am. After several unsuccessful attempts this year, she did it this time.

The reigning champion Jordan Chiles


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The US women’s gymnastics team won a gold medal on Sunday after the team gold in the World Championships. It’s better to say that the American women gymnasts are writing fresh pages in the history book, under the direction of Jordan Chiles, who carried the American flag at the Pan American Games opening ceremony on Friday.

With a strong performance by Chiles, the U.S. won the women’s all-around competition with 165.196 points. Securing their sixth consecutive women’s team gold at the Pan American Games, the US team stood atop the podium. After the prolific displays, Chiles said, “It was really cool to be the flagbearer, then coming out here to win gold with an amazing team.” 

READ MORE: Not Rebeca Andrade but Another Outclasses American Legends for Historic First at World Artistic Gymnastics Championships 2023


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While Simone’s strongest rival showed disheartenment, the GOAT heaved a sigh of relief. Seeing her team clinch the win at the final event before the Olympics calls for a long-awaited celebration. The Pan American Games is underway, and the nation held on to their seats for more magic to come.

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Agnijeeta Majumder


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Agnijeeta Majumder is a US Sports author at EssentiallySports. Being an experienced content writer and a passionate sports enthusiast, Agnijeeta combined her love for writing and penchant for all things sports to delve into the world of the Olympic sports arena. Agnijeeta takes inspiration from American Track and Field star Sydney McLaughlin-Levrone and brings her attention to detail to all the avenues of the Athletics realm.
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