On Sunday night, 24-year-old Simone Biles made history by claiming another U.S. gymnastics championship in Fort Worth, Texas.
She dominated the competition over the weekend by almost a five point margin of victory with displays of athleticism like this:
Biles will attempt to be the first woman to win back-to-back Olympic gold medals in the all-around competition since 1968.
With seven U.S. gymnastic titles in the all-around event, Biles feels undoubtedly the favorite to win again at the upcoming Tokyo games.
Clips of Biles’ performances took Twitter by storm from start to finish. Listen to the crowd reaction from this moment on Friday:
Following the postponement of the Summer Olympics a year ago because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Biles shared her own struggles with that decision and how it impacted her mental health.
“I’ve spent so much time working on my physical self, I’ve tried to use this time to focus on my mental wellbeing,” Biles told Men’s Health in December of 2020. “I have focused a lot of my self-care on feeding my mind with lots of positive thoughts.”
Five Ways Simone Biles Stays Mentally Healthy
- Living one day at a time
- Writing down goals
- Taking a stand
- Separating work and non-work
- Focusing on positives
Immersed full-time in training since May of 2020, Biles showed no signs of rust and appeared to be in tip-top shape:
“I feel like I did try to enjoy it, because it could be one of my last championships that I’ll attend,” Biles said. “But it’s also the road to Tokyo, and after this we have trials, so we just have to really embrace the moment.”
The U.S. Olympic team trials will be from June 24-27 in St. Louis. And the Tokyo Olympics appear set to begin on July 23.