Simone Biles once again proved that she’s the GOAT by being the first woman to land the Yurchenko double pike at an international competition.
She had performed the move in 2021 during the U.S. Classic, The Washington Post reported at the time. She also did it in training for the Olympics the same year.
The rare move on the international stage put her at the top of the women’s all-around qualifications with a 58.865 score.
The difficult move wasn’t perfect, with Biles taking a single backward step when she hit her landing.
She scored 15.266, which included a .05 penalty, Olympics.com reported.
Still, the Yurchenko is now being renamed the Biles II to mark what she’s accomplished. Typically the Yurchenko is performed by men completing the roundoff into a springboard with a back handspring onto the vault. It ends with a piked double backflip before landing.
She had dropped out of several events at the 2021 Olympics in Tokyo after she had a case of the “twisties,’ becoming disorientated during one of her events.
Biles will go on to compete in all four individual finals and an all-around final later this week.
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