Simone Biles Performs The Historic Yurchenko Double Pike Vault, And Her Name Will Be Applied To It

Even now, Simone Biles is creating history.

The most decorated gymnast in history became the first woman to complete the challenging performance at a global competition when she executed the Yurchenko double pike at the World Artistic Gymnastics Championships over the weekend.

That also implies that she will now be honored by the vault element’s name. Gymnastics skills get their names from the first gymnast to perform them at a significant international competition.

Biles has earned five moves—one on the balancing beam, two on the floor exercise, and two on the vault—that are listed in the international rule book under her name.

A backflip off the vault and two complete spins in a pike posture precede landing in the element currently referred to as the Biles II. Last time, Biles executed the tricky maneuver was in Indianapolis during the U.S. Classic in 2021.

Although she willingly accepted a half-point loss so coach Laurent Landi could stand on the mat as a precaution, the 26-year-old, who returned to competition this summer after a two-year sabbatical following the Tokyo Olympics, scored a 15.766 for the Yurchenko.

Leading qualifying through two classes with an all-around total of 58.865, biles spearheaded a strong performance by the U.S. women at the international gymnastics championships.

Over the first part of qualifying, the seven-time Olympic medallist and five-time all-around world champion scored the highest on floor exercise, vault, and balancing beam, and second-best on uneven bars behind colleague Shilese Jones.

By the time qualifying is over, the American team of Biles, Jones, Skye Blakely, Leanne Wong, and Joscelyn Roberson should have the highest score overall—171.395. At 162.230, Italy placed second after two of the ten divisions.

Biles, whose current record of 25 world championship medals (19 of them gold) will be further increased over the week.

The team championship on Wednesday will be much favored by the United States. On Friday are the all-around finals; on Saturday and Sunday are the event finals.

Following a brilliant set on uneven bars, where her 14.833 topped all competitors, Jones, who won three medals at the 2022 world championships, will join Biles in the all-around finals.