Simone Biles Talks 2020 Tokyo Olympics after Recent History-Making Gymnastics
Simone Biles is headed towards another Olympics appearance, and this time, she's doing it for no one but herself.
After dominating this year's US Championships with no surprise, Simone Biles is headed towards another Olympics appearance in 2020.
While many would think she's doing it to represent the country, she reveals that this time, she's doing it for herself.
The 22-year-old guested on "Today," where she discusses her recent record-breaking and history-making performances in the US Championships, and her upcoming trip to the Tokyo Olympics next year.
Calling Out the Organization
Simone Biles has been vocal about how the USA Gymnastics treats its athletes, almost quitting because of the organization. However, because of pure love and passion for the sport, she finds herself coming back time and time again.
However, her motives are different this time around, and it's a lot less pressure for her. Speaking to Savannah Guthrie of "Today," she said:
“Coming back I’m doing this just for me and I think that this is different than the last time around, for me I feel like I have nothing to prove to anyone and I think that’s what keeps me in the sport besides love and passion.”
Following Biles' comments on the USA Gymnastics program, its new president and CEO, Li Li Leung, shares that while "the organization has silenced gymnasts, that time is no more."
On Walking Her Talk
Biles feels this isn't enough to change the system, however, and the CEO would have to prove it.
“I feel like you can always talk the talk, but you have to show up and you have to prove. You just have to do your job at the end of the day. It would almost be better if you just proved to everyone rather than talking because talking is easy.”
Just a couple of days ago, Simone became the first woman to ever land a double-double beam dismount, making history yet again at the US Gymnastics Championships in Kansas City, Missouri.
During the competition, Biles made history three times: two with her new moves, and a record-tying win.
Biles Making History
For her moves, she cleanly finished a double-double dismount, or a double twist and double somersault on a balance beam which easily stunned the crowds and the judges alike.
That same day, she tried to do a triple-double but missed a clean finish which frustrated her as she knows how well she can do.
On Sunday, she came back more motivated to complete the triple-twist, double-flip move, and nailed it.
Now, Biles is determined to finish even stronger at the 2020 Olympics, which might be her last.