Simone Biles remains sober under her historic performance at the World Championships gymnastics last weekend. The 22-year-old American took her 24th and 25th medal on Sunday and is therefore the most successful gymnast ever.
Biles was in a class of its own on both beam and floor and can now only call itself a record holder. She relieves Belarusian Vitaly Scherbo, who won 23 medals in his rich career.
"I cannot be more enthusiastic about my own performance than at this world championship, but the record number of medals? I am not so fond of the numbers," said Biles.
At the presentation of her 25th medal, she noticed that this weekend had a considerable impact on her. "I was so tired that I could hardly move. This is really my best World Cup ever."
In total, Biles won no less than five gold medals at the Stuttgart tournament. Previously she took the title with the American women in the country competition and was individually the strongest in the all-around and jump.
Simone Biles was in a class of its own on the beam. (Photo: Pro Shots)
Biles does not want to comment on goodbye rumors
Biles was particularly pleased with her performance on beam. The American sometimes disappointed on that part in recent years, but was now in a class of its own with a score of 15,066.
"When I heard my score, I was really overjoyed. I thought my exercise would be good for 14.8 or 14.9, but I am really very proud of this score."
Of her 25 World Cup medals, no fewer than nineteen are gold. It is speculated that Biles will stop next year after the Tokyo Olympics, but she did not want to comment on that.
"My kisses to the public did not count as a goodbye. I always do that after a floor exercise and it was a nice end to these world championships here in Stuttgart," she said.