Watch: Amid Rebeca Andrade’s Vault Celebration, Simone Biles’ Heartwarming Video With Brazilian Queen Resurfaces

Published 10/26/2023, 8:57 AM EDT

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Simone Biles is the undeniable queen of gymnastics. However, the she met her match this year – Rebeca Andrade of Brazil. Andrade has become a recent star in the world of gymnastics. At the 2023 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships, she even kept Biles on her toes. There were also the vault finals, where Andrade won gold and even surpassed the legendary Biles, who faced an unfortunate fall on the apparatus but still managed to earn the silver medal.

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And now at the recent 2023 Pan American Games, Rebeca once again executed a flawless Cheng on vault, which won her a massive score of 14.983 with an execution score of a near-perfect 9.733. This earned her the well-deserved gold medal in the vault finals. And amid her celebrations, a video has now resurfaced from her time in Antwerp, with Queen Biles sharing a rare heartwarming moment.

Simone Biles and Rebeca Andrade caught on camera in an adorable moment

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In a viral reel on Instagram by an account called Planet of Gymnastics, Biles and Rebeca Andrade were caught on camera sharing a wholesome moment. The two were at a party along with their fellow team members and athletes from different countries, dancing and enjoying a much-deserved downtime. This video was taken in Antwerp, Belgium, after the World Championships concluded. In an endearing gesture, Biles took Rebeca’s hands in hers and was seen conveying a message to her. She even whispered in her ears over the loud music.

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Then the two girls happily jumped around to the tune, hand in hand, mouthing the lyrics. The two champions looked stunning, with Biles dressed in a black Balenciaga-printed dress and black leather boots. Andrade wore a silk lime green dress with sunglasses, and her beautiful tresses flowed down her shoulders. This adorable gesture between the legends is not the first time Biles has conveyed her respect and admiration for the upcoming queen.

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Biles passes the torch to Andrade

On the final day of the World Championships, after the floor exercise finals, when Biles – who won gold – and Rebeca, who won silver, made it to the podium with bronze winner Flavia Saraiva, the world witnessed another adorable moment. Before the podium ceremony, Biles, in a symbolic action, took her crown from her own head and placed it over Rebeca’s.

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The moment signified that Biles, the queen, was passing the torch down to Andrade, the upcoming queen of gymnastics. Biles later even spoke highly of the vault champion, saying, in an interview, “I love having her. I think she’s a joy. She’s amazing to watch especially after all the injuries she’s overcome. She’s gonna be amazing”.

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As the viral video circulates online, the two powerful legends of the sport have demonstrated the camaraderie that is deeply rooted within the community, which goes beyond borders, culture, and competition.

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Christaline Meyers

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Christaline Meyers is a US Sports 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 ability to capture the true essence of Gymnastics keeps the readers engaged throughout the content she creates.
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