Simone Biles, the American gymnastics sensation, achieved a historic feat at the World Artistic Gymnastics Championships on Sunday. She became the first woman to successfully execute the Yurchenko double pike, the most challenging vault in the women's scoring code. This extraordinary move has earned her the distinction of having the vault named after her.
The Yurchenko double pike had already been recognized as a formidable 6.4-point jump by the technical committee, in anticipation of a gymnast performing it.
With a remarkable score of 15.266 and a total of 58.865 in the all-around competition, the 26-year-old athlete not only left a mark in gymnastics history but also secured the naming of the vault as "Biles II." This recognition follows another original jump that was named after her back in 2018.
In the preliminaries, she made an impressive start on the parallel bars, earning a solid 14.4 points. Her exceptional performance continued on the beam with a score of 14.566 points. On the floor exercise, she once again incorporated the captivating tunes of Noa Kirel's "Unicorn," just as she did at the recent U.S. Championships, even moving the Israeli singer herself with her rendition.
Biles, the gymnast with an unparalleled record of 25 world medals, the highest ever achieved by any gymnast, and seven Olympic medals, has solidified her legacy with five skills now bearing her name. She has two named after her in the floor exercise, two in the vault, and one on the beam.
The U.S. women's team wrapped up their qualifying subdivision at the pinnacle of the rankings. They are set to compete for the coveted team gold in Antwerp on Wednesday.