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Let’s talk about this comeback! Simone Biles has set a new record, becoming first woman to win all five gold metals at the National Gymnastics Championship. She is the only woman to win five national all-around titles, and the previous four were consecutive titles from 2013 through 2016, according to Sports Illustrated.
Via Team USA, “Simone has not competed for the past 23 months, and Sunday was her second competition since the Olympic Games Rio 2016.” She is also the oldest woman’s all-around champion in more than 4 decades, Simone is 21. In 1971 Linda Metheny Mulvihill was the oldest to take the titles, tying Joan Moore Gnat, who was 16 at the time, for the championship 47 years ago.
While performing on Sunday Simone wore a teal bodysuit for the competition. According to Atlanta Journal Constitution, “The suit has a message, as teal is the color of sexual abuse survivors, USA Today reported. She wore it to honor the hundreds of women who former USA Gymnastics and Michigan State physician, Larry Nassau, abused. Biles, along with Final Five teammates Aly Raisman, Gabby Douglas and MAdison Kocian, she was among Nasser’s victims.”
Congratulations to Simone Biles! Keep giving us that #BlackGirlMagic!
Written By: Fantasia Harvey