Sometimes Simone Biles surprises herself with some of the things she can do as a gymnast.
Biles, one of the greatest Olympians in the event’s history, did what was thought to be nearly impossible for a gymnast over the weekend – complete the Yurchenko double pike on the vault. No woman had ever completed the move during a competition but Biles was able to nail it.
"Unbelievable," one of the broadcasters said after Biles landed.
She explained to NBC Sports what was going through her head when she was going up to perform the move.
"I was just thinking, 'Do it like training. Don't try to overdo anything,' because I have a tendency as soon as I raise my hand to overpower things, which I did a little bit, but at least I was still on my feet," Biles said, via Yahoo Sports. "It's a new vault. I'm proud of how today went, even though it was a little bit rough and uncharacteristic. But it was OK."
The only issue with the move was that Biles over-rotated and needed to take just a few steps back to get it right, according to The New York Times.
She would win the all-around competition and was asked why she would keep doing the move even if she wasn’t going to be rewarded in a fashion that she wanted.
"Because I can," she replied,
On Monday, Biles appeared to still be coming down from the high of the move.
"I’m sorry but I can’t believe I competed (sic) a double pike on vault," she wrote.
Biles appears to be getting ready for the Tokyo Games. She won four gold medals and one bronze in Rio de Janeiro in 2016. She’s won 19 gold medals at the World Championships since 2013.