Simone Biles throws her best Yurchenko double pike yet in Olympic podium training
- Amy Van Deusen is a senior editor at espnW. A former Division I collegiate gymnast, she is currently based out of San Diego.
Simone Biles continued living her best GOAT life in podium training on Thursday in Tokyo, with the greatest Yurchenko double pike we’ve seen so far from her. Take a look — or 20:
Reminder: This vault has never been attempted by any woman at the Olympics before. For good measure, she also threw her other seemingly impossible skills — the double-double dismount off beam, the triple-double on floor and her double layout-half. Those three skills are named after her already, and if she competes the Yurchenko double pike at the Games, it will be too.
It’s getting increasingly hard to sum up Biles’ dominance and superhero tendencies into words, but Australian gymnast Heath Thorpe did his best:
Biles now has her own emoji as well, which should help us all when we run out of the words we need:
Podium training is the official practice for all gymnasts in the competition venue before the Olympics starts. The men’s qualifications will begin Friday night Eastern time, while the women will start on Saturday night. The U.S. women compete at 2:10 a.m. ET Sunday, in subdivision three. You can watch it on livestream here.
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