Simone Biles took home a record eighth U.S. National All-Around title after a flawless performance at the SAP Center in San Jose, California. The four-time Olympic gold medallist finished ahead of Shilese Jones and Leanne Wong.
“Every time I come out here, I feel like I’m in a fever dream,” Biles noted about the meet. As for her final routine, the floor, Biles said, “I feel like nothing’s real. I knew I did a good floor routine, but as soon as I got off and saw the score, I was like, ‘Damn, I need to see that routine’ because I wasn’t sure”.
Simone Biles finished first ahead of Shilese Jones with a score of 118.450. 2022 World Championships silver medalist Shilese Jones had a score of 114.550 followed by Leanne Wong with a score of 111.100. Podium Favourite Skye Blakely missed the bronze by a margin of 1.025.
Simone Biles creates a new normal in US Gymnastics
The 26-year-old became the oldest woman to win a U.S. national title at 26 years and 166 days old. Biles surpassed the record of Illinoisan Linda Metheny Mulvihill who set the record at 24 years and 100 days in 1971.
The Ohio native also secured the record of most U.S. Nationals irrespective of gender. Simone, earlier, shared the accolade with Alfred Jochim. Biles’ record becomes more golden as she has broken a 90-year-old record. Jochim competed in the 1920s and 30s, winning six titles from 1925 to 1930 and his final one in 1933.
Biles is supercharging a revolution, by coming back into the foray. Her mental health break was considered ground-breaking, not just in sports but creating ripples in many other industries and creating conversations on the same. Simone Biles’ comments drew attention to the mental issues revolving around a sportsperson’s life.
The other key aspect is that Biles has only started competing three weeks ago at the U.S. classic. Biles’ determination has made its way to textbooks and motivational TED talks. Biles have created a new normal – one emerged in passion for sport irrespective of your race, gender, and age.
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