Gymnastics floor tricks
In the course of winning three consecutive all-around world titles, Simone Biles has earned a reputation for doing the hardest gymnastics skills in the world and making them look easy. Everyone agrees that she's in her own league. Mary Lou Retton, the first U.S. woman to be the all-around Olympic champion, joked that Biles needs to compete against men to make it more fair.
But when Biles' coach, Aimee Boorman, shared some training videos on Twitter, it became clear exactly how far ahead Biles is from the rest of the pack. It turns out that while she's pushing the level of difficulty in competition, she's capable of even more—but according to her coach, she won't be doing these dangerous and complicated gymnastics moves at the Olympics anytime soon.
Biles has a long list of impressive tricks, but her most wow-worthy move is a tumbling skill on floor exercise called the "Biles"—since she was the first female gymnast to successfully do two back flips followed by a half twist in competition, she got it named after her in the gymnastics Code of Points. She's still the only gymnast in the world who does it.
And as this video shows, not only can she do the Biles effortlessly, she can do the Biles and then go immediately into a tucked front flip.
Boorman explained that there's too high a possibility of injury or error for Biles to actually do that tumbling combination in competition.
Another video showed Biles doing two tucked back flips with three full twists—a skill that has never been successfully done by a female gymnast in competition—into a foam pit.
On the balance beam, Biles currently does two tucked back flips with a single full twist as her dismount. In training, she's capable of adding another full twist for a "double double" dismount.
Uneven bars is Biles' worst event, which is a relative description—at the 2016 P&G Championships, Biles had the fourth best combined uneven bars score. In training, she's capable of doing a dismount of two back flips with two twists.
But Boorman explained on Twitter that Biles' goal is not to simply throw every crazy skill she can. It's about being mentally strong as well as physically; having extremely difficult skills in her arsenal is only an asset if she can land them cleanly and safely.
Boorman told USA Today, "I get jaded sometimes. I forget Simone is an amazing athlete because I see her every day. And I’ve seen her every day since she was 7 years old. So I forget that what she does, most people are striving to do and dreaming to do, and she’s doing it every day."