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Simone Biles Stuns as She Becomes the First Woman to Land a Yurchenko Double Pike

Dayna Remus
May 24, 2021
11:50 A.M.

World-renowned and decorated gymnast Simone Biles recently took her skills to another level, empowering women once again by landing a gymnastic move historically only done by men.

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Gymnast Simone Biles became the first woman to land the Yurchenko double pike. Dressed in a shimmering pink leotard, she stunned audiences and commentators alike as they watched her fly.

A clip posted on Twitter showed the moment when the most decorated gymnast globally made history. She stood at the beginning of the mat leading up to the vault, preparing herself mentally.

Simone Biles flips before throwing out the first pitch prior to Game 2 of the 2019 World Series on Wednesday, October 23, 2019 in Texas. | Photo: Getty Images

Simone Biles flips before throwing out the first pitch prior to Game 2 of the 2019 World Series on Wednesday, October 23, 2019 in Texas. | Photo: Getty Images

SPORTS ROYALTY

A commenter spoke over the clip, stating that they are taken aback every time they watch the video. Biles then bolted towards the vault, perfectly executing the move, the commentator stating:

"You know yesterday Simone told us that she likes to let her gymnastics speak for her. Well, the Queen has definitely spoken."

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The audience also praised the gymnast, erupting as soon as she landed after seemingly flying through the air. Her form was absolutely perfect as she landed on the mat, arms gracefully flowing up.

THE PUBLIC SPEAKS

Reactions to the tweet of the video were negative and positive. Some were amazed at the star sportswoman's feat, while others questioned if it was really all that astonishing.

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"The individual tweeted, she [Simone Biles] is someone who fights for women."

One read, "Hmm, I think I’ve seen much more difficult vaults in the past. But I’ll take their word for it." Some fired back, stating that those with knowledge of the sport realize what an achievement it is.

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THE FIRST LADY

The artistic gymnast took on this iconic feat at the GK US Classic competition in Indianapolis. The move has so far only been taken on by men.

Commenting on her feat, Biles expressed that it did play on her nerves. However, the superstar said she was glad to be back competing after such a long absence due to the pandemic.

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BEAUTY STANDARDS

This was definitely a historic feat for women, and Biles is certainly a role model for young girls in general. Speaking to tween girls at New York’s Lower Eastside Girls Club, she exclaimed:

“No matter how good you are in your sport, in life, in work, the number one thing people talk about is how you look.”

She encouraged the young ladies, however, not to pay attention to this type of commentary. Rather, she told them that they would all be successful despite this sort of unwanted attention.

One fan's tweet about the iconic sportswoman and her influence on empowering women caught Biles' attention. The fan expressed that the gymnast is more than just a successful athlete but someone who fights for women too. Biles retweeted this and commented, "So sweet."

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