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Simone Biles breaks Record, Epitomizes Black Excellence

By Elijah Richardson
On November 2, 2018

The world of women’s gymnastics has been conquered and conquered by a Black Woman. Simone Biles, the short-statured yet formidable and awe-inspiring gymnast, recently broke several world-class achievements. Biles vaulted her way to the mountaintop of the gymnastics record books after registering her 13th gold world title, the most gold titles attained in both men and women's gymnastics history. As well as capturing her record-setting 4th all-around title and becoming the first American gymnast to medal in every event at the World Championships. Extraordinary accomplishments that not only epitomize her own strength but the strength of the Black community and its athletes.

 

An inspiration to countless young black women throughout the world, Biles, only 21 years old, has showcased her God-given talents and gifts to her fullest potential throughout her career. Becoming the face of women’s gymnastics and a place atop the list of dominant Black athletes in history.

 

Stemming off an already illustrious achievement list including 4 Olympic gold medals, as well as a recess from competition, Biles found herself competing at the World Championships in Doha, Qatar Thursday all while dealing with kidney stones. She had tweeted out last Wednesday: “The kidney stone can wait,” “Doing it for my team.” 

 

Biles, not known for poor performances, struggled at Thursday’s competition, falling several times and committing a few errors during her respective routines. Yet, despite these, Simone left the competition a champion, landsliding her competitors by more than 1,600 points. It was then discovered that her kidney stones had since not been removed, as she continued to compete through them, illustrating her intense passion, poise, and perseverance.

Biles, a true testament of Black excellence and an icon for Black Women, is a symbol and pure representation of the strength and talent within the African-American community.





 

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