SIMONE BILES BREAKS ALL THE RECORDS IN DOHA
America’s star gymnast Simone Biles wrote her name in the gymnastics’ history books with gold letters after an unprecedented performance at the World Gymnastics Championships in Doha. Biles is now the only woman in history to win four consecutive championships in the All-Around competition and now has an unbelievable 14 gold medals at the World Championships. Shallon Olsen of Canada, Alexa Moreno of Mexico, Arthur Zanetti of Brazil and Samuel Mikulak of the United States also had outstanding performances in Doha.
At just 19 years old, she became a gymnastics star and idol at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games by winning four gold medals in the Team Event, All-Around, Vault and Floor Exercise.
After shining in Brazil, Simone Biles decided to stop competing and stepped away from high-performance gymnastics for nearly two years. During that period, the worst scandal of sexual abuse that was known in the entire sporting world, which affected countless American gymnasts, was uncovered.
Biles was one of more than 200 gymnasts who during the past 20 years suffered sexual abuse and harassment at the hands of former coach and trainer Larry Nassar over the past 20 years. She made this public through a letter that shook not only the gymnastics community, but the entire world at the height of the #MeToo Movement.
Despite the two-year break, Biles returned as strong as ever on July 29 to win the U.S. Classic, showing the world that she is back with a hunger for more success. Biles is determined to not let her past define her future. And her future is bright.
At the World Championships in Doha, Qatar which concluded on Saturday, Biles was far and away the best athlete at the event, sealing her legacy as the Queen of Gymnastics by breaking two more records in the sport.
She became the first woman to win four consecutive titles in the All-Around competition at World Championships. These four gold medals added her historic total to 14 golds at the World Championships, more than any other gymnast in history.
Simone’s four gold medals came in the All-Around, Team Competition, Vault and Floor Exercise, in addition to the silver medal she earned on the Uneven Bars and a bronze medal on the Balance Beam.
But Simone was not alone for Team USA. Her teammates helped her achieve the gold in the Team competition while male gymnast Samuel Mikulak won his first individual bronze medal at the World Championships in the Horizontal Bar event.
BRAZIL, CANADA AND MEXICO ALSO CELEBRATE
Alexa Moreno from Mexico and Shallon Olsen from Canada also made history in Doha. The Mexican gymnast became the first athlete in her country to achieve a medal in a World Championship by winning the bronze in the Vault. Meanwhile, Olsen from Canada won her first World Championship medal with the silver in the Vault, trailing only Simone Biles in the event.
On the men’s side, Brazil’s Arthur Zanetti had an outstanding performance on the Rings, finishing in third to earn the bronze medal for Brazil.