Simone Biles has returned to gymnastics; the five-time Olympic medalist made history this weekend while competing at the U.S. Classic.
Fans and judges were eager to see Biles attempt the Yurchenko double pike, an extremely challenging vault only ever performed by male gymnasts, according to the Hill.
On Saturday (May 22nd), the 24-year-old landed the difficult move, becoming the first woman to complete the Yurchenko double pike.
THE QUEEN HAS SPOKEN 👑— #TokyoOlympics (@NBCOlympics) May 23, 2021
Simone Biles landed her Yurchenko double pike for the first time in competition.@simonebiles // #USClassic pic.twitter.com/j07ZweBZ8H
She earned a 16.1 as her score.
“It was really nerve-wracking,” Biles shared with NBC Sports. “I’m just happy to be back out here, competing on a competition floor in an arena with the girls, especially after a long year and the time off we’ve had.”
Wearing a white GK Elite leotard with long mesh sleeves and a pink and orange rhinestone design. Bedazzled onto her back in sliver rhinestones was the shape of a goat, Biles’ subtle reminder to her competition that she is the “Greatest Of All Time.”
Biles solidefied her bold fashion statement by landing the challenging vault.
“I was just thinking, do it like training,” Biles says. “Don’t try to like overdo anything because I have a tendency, as soon as I raise my hand t overpower things and I did a little bit, but I was still on my feet.” “It’s a new vault, and I’m proud of how today went even though it was a little bit rough and uncharacteristic, but it was okay.”
Biles is the most decorated female gymnast in history, this past weekend she won the US Classic all-around title.