Sumary of Simone Biles Made History With Her Triple-Double – Here’s What That Term Actually Means:
- [embedded content] In 2019, Simone Biles became the first woman gymnast to land a triple-double in her floor routine — that’s a triple-twisting double backflip, if you’re unfamiliar.
- It’s been 31 years since Romanian gymnast Daniela Silivas first stuck a double-double on floor (a move still colloquially referred to as the Silivas), which requires a gymnast to complete two backflips in a tucked position, twisting once on each flip.
- The triple-double adds a third twist, an achievement that had only been seen in men’s gymnastics until Biles’s feet touched down on the mat at the 2019 US Gymnastics Championships.
- (American gymnast Jade Carey is now training a laid-out triple-double but has yet to compete it.) It’s a move that requires incredible, almost superhuman strength, coordination, and training.