Biles Sweeps Worlds

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4 feet and 9 inch. 18-year-old. Simone Biles is making history. The 2015 World Gymnastics Championships finished over this past weekend and Simone Biles brought home four more gold metals. These new world titles brings her tally up to ten making her the most-titled female gymnast in history. With Rio less than a year away, she is a favorite for the games.

Biles’ four golds from the Glasgow, Scotland competition were: team, all-around, floor and beam; and a bronze: vault. She has also won three world gymnastics titles in a row, another record.
In an article by NBCSports, they also state more of her record breaking results.

Her margin of victory (seven tenths) was the largest in the event at a Worlds or Olympics since the perfect-10 scoring system was thrown out in 2006.

Biles repeated as champion in the event with the second-largest winning margin (1.025) in any Olympic/Worlds individual event since the perfect-10 was axed.

Biles is an incredible athlete. Her amazing skill set and routines along with her power and precision kept her on top for another year.

However, she did have a clear wobble on beam raising her leg and grabbing the beam with her hands to catch herself from falling after landing her front tuck.  When competing in the event finals for the balance beam, she learned from mistakes and got her head back into the game scoring her highest beam score ever at Worlds, a 15.358.

“The highlight of these championships is my beam,” said Biles, who rebounded after nearly falling off the beam in the all-around Thursday. “If I was told that I would be two-time (World) beam champion, I wouldn’t have believed it before” (source).

Biles biggest competition going into Rio next summer is her own teammate and reigning Olympic champion Gabby Douglas. Douglas became the first reigning Olympic gold medalist to reach the podium at worlds since the Soviet Union’s Yelena Davydova in 1981 (source).  Douglas is trying to go for the gold again next summer to attempt to be the first Olympic champ in nearly 50 years to repeat the win. Below is Douglas’ Uneven Bar routine in the event finales from the 2015 World Championships.

“I’m excited for the road ahead,” Douglas said. “I’ve got bigger skills coming along” (source). 

Gabby Douglas and anyone else heading to Rio in the summer of 2016 will need practice and work hard to get a skill set strong enough to compete with Biles’ 10 straight meet win.

Biles ended the competition proud of what she accomplished: gold metals, world records, and much more. She recognizes the mistakes she had when perfuming on beam and floor but will not let it get her down. Below is an interview from after the event finals, the day where her mistakes took place.


 

Along with the many great Americans competing at 2015 World Championship, University of Georgia’s very own Brittany Rogers made the trip to Scotland to compete in the World Championship for Canada.

Canada finished 6th in World Championships team final. Rogers represented Canada in the team final on vault, bars and beam.

UGA should be very proud of this Dawg!

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