The 2021 Tokyo Olympics are two months away. The anticipation has been building ever since the Games were postponed last year. Now, with the world stage almost set for athletes from all over the globe to compete, here in the USA, Simone Biles and the rest of the gymnastics team has been getting ready.
One of those gymnasts you may know. She goes by the name of Simone Biles. You know, the four-time Olympic Gold medalist and one-time Bronze medalist (per Team USA).
In the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, she got those four golds in “team, all-around, vault, floor” and the bronze in “beam” according to Team USA.
During one of those gold medal-type events for Biles, vault, she garnered attention for pulling off a major move recently ahead of the Olympic Games.
Pasquini noted the move “has never been performed by a female gymnast in a competition”.
This even caught the attention of LeBron James amidst the business of trying to get another NBA title.
That was “podium training” per the NBC Tokyo Olympics.
Then, on Saturday, May 22, the actual competition took place and this happened:
At “the U.S. Classic…(a)ppearing in her first gymnastics tournament since October 2019” according to Yahoo! Sports’ Jack Baer, Biles landed something remarkable.
“…on Biles’ third event…(a)ll of the buzz entering the tournament was about Biles preparing to attempt a Yurchenko double pike on the vault, a move that has never been performed by a woman in competition,” Baer noted. “She landed it”.
“I was just thinking, ‘Do it like training, (d)on’t try to overdo anything,’ because I have a tendency as soon as I raise my hand to overpower things, which I did a little bit, but at least I was still on my feet,” Biles said to ‘NBC after the tournament’ according to Yahoo! Sports. “It’s a new vault. I’m proud of how today went, even though it was a little bit rough and uncharacteristic. But it was OK.”
The Associated Press via ESPN stated: “So what if it had only historically been done by men? So what if the International Gymnastics Federation seemed intent on not giving the vault a difficulty value commensurate with its complexity?”
All that didn’t matter. Biles went out there and landed a move that if you or me were to attempt it right now, well, let’s just say we’d need a huge cushion to catch the fall.
Charlie Lapastora is a sports/news multimedia journalist who’s reported, written, produced, anchored, shot video/edited on different NBC, ABC, and FOX shows in multiple TV markets, along with digital & new media companies. Charlie has traveled the country telling national sports, news, feature, and original stories on a cable news network, airing on top 10 TV markets, satellite radio, and digital platforms. He is passionate about his faith, family—being a husband to whom he calls the G.O.A.T. of women—about reppin’ his home state of Michigan and Detroit teams (yes, including the Lions), good coffee, and loves how sports brings people together. He’s traveled the world leading and coaching sports camps and has also worked at the Detroit Pistons and LA Clippers’ NBA teams.
- 1 Then, on Saturday, May 22, the actual competition took place and this happened:
- 2 “…on Biles’ third event…(a)ll of the buzz entering the tournament was about Biles preparing to attempt a Yurchenko double pike on the vault, a move that has never been performed by a woman in competition,” Baer noted. “She landed it”.
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