Elite Gymnast Simone Biles Makes History as the First Woman In 23 Years To Win Three National Titles.
Back in 2013, elite gymnast Simone Biles made headlines when she became the first African-American woman to secure a World All-Around title. In October of 2014, Biles led her team to victory yet again, making her a two-time champion.
As buzz continues to build around the impending 2016 Olympics in Brazil, Simone Biles is already being hailed as a star athlete for Team USA.
Biles recently scored another history-making win over the weekend in Indianapolis, at the 2015 P&G Gymnastics Championships, where she became the first American woman in 23 years to win three all-around national titles. The last woman to achieve such an accomplishment, Kim Zmeskal, also scored her big win right before competing at the Olympics.
“It’s really exciting; I keep shocking myself every year, it’s weird,” Biles said of her third national title win.
Biles’ impressive win included a near-perfect 9.9 execution score on vault.
As for comparisons to Zmeskal, who she considers an idol, Biles had this to say:
“It’s amazing just because I know she took the same path and it led her to the Olympics, so I feel pretty good knowing I’ve achieved what she’s achieved.”
“It’s truly (a matter of wanting) to be the best version of me and I don’t want to replicate others,” Biles said. “Because a lot of people compare me to other people a bunch, but I just want to go out there and I just want to be Simone.”
We’re definitely looking forward to seeing the teen in action, next year in Brazil.