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Simone Biles debuts new moves ahead of return to competition

Posted: Sunday, June 9, 2019. 12:07 pm CST.

By Aaron Humes: Already among the most decorated gymnasts ever, 22-year-old Simone Biles is showing no signs of stopping her march through the ranks.

After winning the Stuttgart World Cup in March, the four-foot-eight Belizean-American from Houston is preparing for the U.S. Classic competition in July.

Last week she posted videos of two jaw-dropping moves that could be debuted in competition.

The floor exercise double laid out salto backwards with ½ twist, named after her, is shown ending in a front layout somersault, while the second is the even more difficult triple twisting double tuck somersault, to date only ever landed by male gymnasts. If debuted and landed in the competition, it too would be named after her.

The moves have drawn rave reviews from former Olympians quoted by the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) but it is advised that to avoid catastrophic injury, such moves must be perfected in training before being “competed” in official parlance.

Biles, raised by her Belizean grandmother after her mother bottomed out with drug and alcohol addictions, won four Olympic gold medals in 2016 and has multiple medals in her discipline. She last visited Belize in 2017.

You can see the short videos on the USOC website: https://www.teamusa.org/News/2019/May/29/Simone-Biles-Breaks-The-Internet-With-Two-Extraordinary-New-Tumbling-Passes

 

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