Surpassing record-holder Svetlana Khorkina from Russia, Biles made the United States proud when she brought home her 21st World Championship medal. But she won't stop there.
On Tuesday, October 8, superstar gymnast Simone Biles won her 21st World Championship medal in Stuttgart, Germany at the young age of 22 (she almost has enough medals for all the years she's been alive - wow!). This now makes her the most decorated female gymnast in all of history, CNN reports. She surpassed retired Russian gymnast Svetlana Khorkina, who previously held the record at 20 World Championship medals. If it weren't enough that she's won 21 World Championship medals, a whopping 15 of those 21 medals are gold, making her the only gymnast to hold so many gold World Championship medals.
The medal she won on Tuesday was awarded for the Women's Team Final event, during which Team USA competed against other countries. Team USA was handed the win after the total scores from all participating gymnasts were tallied up. In addition to being Biles' 21st medal, it was also Team USA's fifth consecutive world team title. While Biles is already the most decorated gymnast in history, her medal count could potentially grow even before the week is up. On Thursday, October 10, the gymnast is set to compete in the Women's All-Around Final. Furthermore, Biles will spend her weekend taking part in all four individual event finals (vault, uneven bars, balance beam, and floor exercise). Though she may not be guaranteed to be awarded a medal in all these events, her total count of World Championship medals could go up to an impressive 26 medals before the end of the week.
She is predicted to score big based on her track record of success. Last year, at the 2018 World Championships in Doha, Qatar, Biles brought home a grand total of six medals. This includes four gold medals in team events, all-around, vault, and floor exercise - this means she did, in fact, win a medal in every single event possible. Should she continue her seemingly infallible winning streak, there's a solid chance she will come back home with many more medals to her name.
Moreover, this is not the only world record she holds. Earlier this year in August, Biles became the first gymnast to ever attempt and land a double-twisting, double somersault dismount off the balance beam. That same day, she became the first woman to attempt a triple-double -- two flips and three twists in the air -- in competition during the floor exercise. While she didn't land the stunt, it was still a jawdropping feat. Biles, though a long-time gymnast, first gained fame when a video of her performing a triple-double went viral. Recently, she got into a tiff with The International Gymnastics Federation, when they refused to award a certain move a higher difficulty score. She told NBC Sports, "They don’t want to make a new column [for an unprecedented value on beam]... It’s so unfair, because, am I in a league of my own? Yes, but that doesn’t mean you can’t credit me for what I’m doing." With her newly-attained record, she's definitely proven that she is, without a doubt, in a league of her own.