Simone Biles Landed a History-Making Jump Saturday

Simone Biles made history on Saturday at the GK US Classic in Indianapolis.  She became the first woman to land something called the “Yurchenko double pike vault” at a competition.

The move starts with a roundoff onto the springboard, followed by a back handspring onto the vaulting table, into a piked double backflip into the landing.  (Here’s video.)


Simone said, “I was just thinking, ‘Do it like training.  Don’t try to like overdo anything.’  Because I have a tendency as soon as I raise my hand to kind of overpower things, and I did a little bit, but at least I was on my feet.  It’s a new vault and I’m proud of how today went.”