Okay folks, here we have it. Simone Biles is actually a superhero.
Simone just made history with her fourth all-around world championship and she did it all while having a kidney stone.
Just hours before she was set to compete in Doha to compete in qualifying for the world championships. Sure enough, she powered through and competed and qualified for the 48th Annual Artistic World Gymnastics Championships.
She’d been suffering from back pain leading up to her hospital trip for two weeks. She was checked into the hospital on Friday, October 26, 2018, with abdominal pain. It turns out that back and abdominal pain were symptoms of a kidney stone!
While speaking with Olympic Channel, Simone Biles revealed that a nurse said she might have to spend the night in the hospital. She politely declined and said:
“I was like, ‘Sorry, I have to compete, so I’m leaving, but, like, thanks for letting me know I have a kidney stone. And I’ll deal with the pain later.”
She pretty much told her kidney stone to wait, so she could go kick butt at the World Gymnastics Championships.
After qualifying for the event, she just went on to win the all-around for the competition. Even though she won by 1.7 points, Simone is being humble about her performance.
Shortly after winning gold, Simone wrote on Instagram:
what a night… so many emotions… less than a year since I got back into training so I try not to be too hard on myself. Although I still placed 1st and MADE HISTORY I’m not entirely pleased with my performance. I’m still trying to find my confidence. But I won’t give up I’m proud of myself! —> now onto finals
While in Doha, Simone put in a lot of work. She competed in all four events, recording the highest score of any competitor on vault, uneven bars, and floor exercise. The USA team won gold with a score of 171.629.
During the all-around final, Simone Biles still managed to earn gold, despite falling off the balance beam, stepping out of bounds during her floor exercise, and sitting her vault. Her score was 57.491. This is Simone’s fourth World all-around title, which set the new record for most women’s World All-Around titles held by one person.
Not only did she break a record by having the most All-Around World titles, she now is the first defending Olympic women’s all-around champion to earn this title since 1972 Olympic champion Lyudmilla Turischeva won the world title in 1974.
Before her uneven bars routine, Simone told reporters for BBC Sports:
“This is definitely the scariest one from the ones from the past. I wish I could have put out a better performance because that’s not the gymnast that I am. But we all make mistakes and fall – it’s just how you get up and prove yourself.”
We cannot wait to see what Simone Biles does next! The 2020 Olympics are surely going to be very eventful.
You can watch Simone Bile’s full floor exercise routine in the video below:
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Source: USA Gymnastics