A Reminder That Simone Biles Is the Greatest Athlete of Our (All?) Time

Just another lazy Saturday for Simone Biles.
Just another lazy Saturday for Simone Biles.
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Simone Biles is an athlete so incredible there are not enough words in the English language available to describe her incredibleness. There are, however, two new words available to describe her signature gymnastics moves: Biles and Biles 2.


Indeed, on Saturday, Biles put on another masterful performance at the 2019 gymnastic world championships in Stuttgart, Germany, landing her famed double-double dismount—a double-twisting double backflip—off the balance beam. That move is now officially known as the Biles:

And during her floor routine, she also landed a triple-double, or a double backflip with three twists. That move is now called the Biles 2, and you can see it right here at the start:

NPR says that to get a move named after you, you have to “submit it for consideration and successfully land it at a major competition.” Biles actually already has a move named after her—a Yurchenko half on with two twists, also on the vault—but the double-double is an upgrade, and it sounds like cementing it at the world championships is what gets it in the books for her. Biles made history by landing the unprecedented triple-double on the floor at the U.S. championships in August, and now it’s had its global debut.

Anyway, if the gymnastics dictionary is in need of any new moves, might I recommend the Fishbein? It involves sitting in bed watching Big Mouth for six hours straight and I am very good at it.



Simone actually now has four eponymous skills, the triple double is called the Biles II because there already was a Biles on Floor Exercise - a double layout with a half twist. She debuted the original Biles in 2013. Then she did the Biles vault in 2018, and now the Biles on beam, and the Biles II on floor in 2019.

Also, you missed the major controversy on the Biles on beam! Since the sport moved to an open-ended code (no more perfect 10s) the FIG (International Gymnastics Federation, the sport’s governing body) gives score values to skills on a letter based scale. When Biles performed the Biles dismout at the US Championships this summer, the FIG gave a provisional rating of an I, then when she got to the World Championship, they downgraded the ranking to an H, which makes it worth only .1 more than a full-in. Which is, as Simone herself rightfully said, bullshit.