Video: Simone Biles Performs Spectacular, Game-Changing Twisting Double Somersault


As I’ve previously confessed, I have a thing for athletic moments that are intuitively recognizable as spectacular even if the spectator (that would be me) lacks any knowledge of the sport (see, for example, Jump Start Your Day With This Remarkable & Altogether Wonderful Gymnastics Performance By Katelyn Ohashi and Zion WIlliamson – Heavyweight Champion Of College Basketball). Although my understanding of gymnastics is limited to picking up a few phrases like “stuck the landing” every four years when the Olympics roll around, watching Simone Biles’s defiance of gravity and physics at the U.S. Gymnastics Championships Floor Exercise event (Kansas City, Mo.: August 11, 2019) makes me happy. As Jason Gay notes in his WSJ article, “I just know that from my untrained eye, it looked incredible, one of those moments when an athlete does something you’ve absolutely never seen another human being ever do.”

Just incredible.

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