And for those of you who're waiting for it, here's the other five Team USA girls on balance beam.
There's little doubt Simone Biles is a superstar, although she said this morning she didn't like to think of herself as one.
"I feel like if I were to label myself a superstar it would bring more expectations on me and I would feel more pressure in the limelight," she said. "When I go out there to compete, I represent Simone, not Simone Biles. At the end of the day I'm still a human being, not Simone Biles the superstar."
Well, here's her balance beam routine from this evening.
In Simone Biles‘ second Olympic cycle, she has become comfortable speaking out. Whether it be about problems within USA Gymnastics or taking on the social media critics who disapproved of her last name being on the back of a competition leotard.
Biles begins what will likely be her final world championships — “99 percent” sure she won’t be back in 2021 or later, she said — with qualifying on Saturday (TV, live stream schedule here).
She will compete with fuel added just this week. And she hasn’t kept to herself why she’s “pissed off.”
The International Gymnastics Federation women’s technical committee announced what point values would be awarded to new skills performed in Stuttgart, Germany.
Two of the unprecedented moves are Biles’ viral clips from the U.S. Championships in August: the triple-double on floor exercise and the double-double dismount off the balance beam. If Biles performs them in international competition — like at worlds — they will be named after her. She already has one eponymous floor pass and vault.
The committee gave the triple-double, which would be “The Biles 2,” a J value — corresponding to a full point in difficulty score (one tenth for every letter in the alphabet). Until now, the highest value given to an element was an I. Biles hoped The Biles 2 would be a J.
One of Biles’ coaches, Cecile Landi, tweeted that Biles makes the dismount look “too easy.” Biles concurred. She noted that an easier skill — a full-in — is an E on floor and a G on beam. The double-double on floor is an H, so, she asked, why does a double-double on beam rise one tenth from a full-in instead of three like it does on floor?
“They don’t want to make a new column,” for an unprecedented value on beam, Biles said. “That’s what they said.”