Artistic gymnast Simone Biles doesn’t do anything by halves. In her professional career she’s known for taking risks, performing the so-called “hardest move in the world” at the U.S. Gymnastics Championships last year, and training for the notoriously difficult Yurchenko double pike, a vault that some consider too dangerous for the Olympics.
Even when stuck at home like the rest of us, Biles puts the rest of us to shame: she showed up everybody else’s handstand challenges back in April when she debuted her own version managing to take off her sweatpants while maintaining a free handstand. And her home core workout is definitely not for beginners.
But now that she’s able to leave lockdown and start training again for real, Biles means business. The multiple gold medalist shared a video on Twitter this week in which she successfully pulled off what the Olympic Channel called a “triple-twisting double back off the balance beam.” It’s move that has never been done before… until now.
Some athletes might make a fuss about pulling off such a feat after months of limited training, but in typical Biles fashion, she just wrote “sometimes I flip and what not” like it was no big deal.The video of the triple-double dismount is the first glimpse of her training that Biles has shared on social media since the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games were officially postponed until 2021. However, don’t expect to see her perform this balance bar dismount at the rescheduled Games next year: it has already been ruled too risky by the IOC.Philip Ellis is News Editor at Men’s Health, covering fitness, pop culture, sex and relationships, and LGBTQ+ issues. His work has appeared in GQ, Teen Vogue, Man Repeller and MTV, and he is the author of Love & Other Scams.