Simone Biles breaks record with 21st medal at gymnastics world championships

Simone Biles is often known for her record-setting skills and spectacular performances, and on Tuesday, she achieved another feat — setting a new record at the gymnastics world championships.

Biles, 22, won her 21st medal and her 15th career gold at the event in Stuttgart, Germany, breaking a tie with Russian gymnast Svetlana Khorkina for the most individual medals overall by a woman at the event. The U.S. women's gymnastics team won its fifth all-around title in a row at the event.

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The Texas native is now just two medals shy of beating Belarusian gymnast Vitaly Scherbo, who holds the all-time record of 23 medals among men or women.

Simone Biles, pictured here on the floor during women's team final at the Gymnastics World Championships in Germany on Tuesday, surpassed a record when she won her 21st medal for the event.

Simone Biles, pictured here on the floor during women's team final at the Gymnastics World Championships in Germany on Tuesday, surpassed a record when she won her 21st medal for the event. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

“I think that’s really impressive for someone to be able to do that; I guess that’s me,” Biles told The Washington Post. “I haven’t got a chance to process it yet, but I think we’ll do some celebrating tonight for all of it — for the team, for the medal count, for the fifth year in a row.”

"Every year, it feels better and better just because we're adding to the legacy," Biles told reporters. "I feel like I never think of records. I just go out there and do what I came to do, which is compete for the country."

The U.S. team scored 172.330 points to beat second-place Russia by 5.801 points and win its seventh consecutive team title at an Olympics or world championship.

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Two gymnastics moves are expected to be named after the 22-year-old, who posted the best individual scores on the vault, balance beam and floor at the championships. Biles successfully landed a double-double dismount — consisting of two flips and two twists — on the balance beam; the move will be known as "The Biles" in the sport’s Code of Points.

Biles landed a triple-double — a double backflip with three twists — during her floor routine on Saturday; that move will be known as "The Biles II."

In addition to her record-breaking 21 medals at the world championships, Biles also has five medals - four gold and one bronze - from the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.