US gymnast Simone Biles became the first woman to complete the Yurchenko double pike in a U.S. Classic competition on Saturday and clear her way to the Tokyo Olympics. She hadn’t been into the competition after the 2019 World Championships. Simone Biles won her fifth all-around title.
In the video posted by Tokyo Olympics on Twitter, Biles can be seen sailing with so much power and she over-rotated slightly and also stepped back on the landing.
She said of her mindset as she took off down the runway, “I was just thinking, do it like training.”
“Don’t try to overdo anything, because I have a tendency as soon as I raise my hand to kind of overpower things. I did a little bit, but at least I still was on my feet and it’s a new vault,” she added.
On Saturday, Biles told NBC Sports after the competition that she is very happy as she comes back in the game after very long years. She said, “It was really nerve-wracking but I’m just happy to be back out here, competing on a competition floor in an arena with the girls especially after a long year and the time off we’ve had.”
She has won the all-around competition with a score of 58.400 while Jordan Chiles grabbed the second position with 57.100 points and Kayla DiCello on third with 56.100 points.