The greatest gymnast of all time could add to her legacy.
Simone Biles landed the Yurchenko double pike in practice in a video shared by NBC Olympics on Friday. In an interview with “60 Minutes” in February, her coaches said that a woman has never landed the challenging vault.
Biles will return to the mats at the U.S. Classic in Indianapolis on Saturday for her first competitive action since the 2019 World Championships. During her trip to Germany, she claimed her 25th medal, the most of any gymnast in history. The last time Biles lost a meet was in 2013.
In the “60 Minutes” interview, Biles’ coaches Laurent and Cecile Landi said that Biles would be the first woman to attempt the Yurchenko double pike, and that only men have ever been able to land the move.
“It’s very, very challenging. And what’s scary, it’s that people can get hurt, you know? You do a short landing, you can hurt your ankles, and then … it’s a very dangerous vault,” Laurent Landi said.
According to a report in USA Today, because no woman has attempted the move in competition, there is uncertainty about how many points the move would be worth. The report said if Biles attempts the move in competition before the Olympics, the move will be given a value by the International Gymnastics Federation.
Biles told Texas Monthly in March that she’s thinking of bringing the move out in the all-around finals of the Olympics rather than the vault finals, and that she has “been training it pretty consistently.”
“There haven’t been too many times where I was like, ‘Oh, that was really scary. Maybe we shouldn’t do that.’ It’s actually been like, ‘Wow, this is feasible, we can do this,'” Biles told Texas Monthly. “And that’s kind of the scary part, me testing my limits, proving myself wrong, and being like, ‘Dang, Simone, you can do this. That’s insane.’ Honestly, at this age, I feel like I would kind of start going down, but I’m still going up.”
The 24-year-old gymnast has the chance to add five more Olympic gold medals to her already impressive collection. She took home four gold medals and one bronze medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
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