It is inevitable that when we think of gymnastics, Simone Biles comes to mind. There is no gymnast like her. For their medals (20 in World Cups and four in Olympic Games) and, in addition, for their historical performances. Yes, historical. It is not a hyperbole. Because the American seeks in the Stuttgart World Cup to introduce two new elements that bear her name in the Score Code. Specifically, those of Biles and Biles II , named that way because it was the first, and only, to make them.
But what does each of them consist of? The Biles, performed by the gymnast on the balance beam, is a deadly double back with two turns. For its part, the Biles II is a ground exercise in which it lands in two somersaults with three rotations.
The small gymnast, only 142 centimeters tall, is one step away from exceeding another record in this World Cup, which started on Friday and ends on Sunday. Accumulate 20 World Cup medals, three from Belarusian Vitaly Scherbo . Biles will star in the team final on Tuesday, the women's final on Thursday and the device finals on the weekend. In all of them, except for a capital surprise, it will be raised with gold and will match the Scherbo medal winners.
Since 2013, world gymnastics revolves around the American superstar. A sport that, thanks to the amazing performances of Biles, gradually makes its way among the general public. Every workout, every press conference of the gymnast, becomes a mass act. These days in Stuttgart, the queues follow each other around the sports center where he trains every morning, along with the rest of the American team.
Biles is one of the more 350 victims of the abuses of Larry Nassar , former doctor of the national team, sentenced to more than 100 years in prison, in January 2018 he found enough courage to tell his terrible story. After that situation, which forced him to go weekly to a psychiatrist, when many announced a possible momentary withdrawal, the American went to the World Cup in Doha, where she achieved her fourth title.
Now, with an eye on the Tokyo Olympic event, Biles continues his adventure in gymnastics not only with the aim of the medals, but with the personal ambition to continue writing his name in the most complicated exercises of this sport. Your sport.
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The World of Artistic Gymnastics
The championship, held in Stuttgart (Germany), started last Saturday and is held until next day 13. The big star of the tournament is the American Simones Biles, who has patented unpublished exercises.
550 participants, 92 countries
This competition is a planetary event, with the participation of 550 gymnasts, belonging to 92 countries, who will pursue not only the conquest of medals, but also the qualification for the 2020 Olympic Games.
Tokyo, focus and objective
For the next year's Olympic event, 98 men and 98 women, nine women's teams and nine men's teams qualify. China, Russia and Japan, in men, and the US, Russia and China, in women, have already achieved their respective places in the 2018 World Cup.
Spain needs to be compensated by previous negatives, neither boys nor girls qualified for Rio 2016. Néstor Abad is a reference; and Roxana Popa, who returns after three knee operations, the big news.
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