It seems as if every time Simone Biles moves she makes history, and Tuesday was no different when she set a new record after winning her 21st medal at the world gymnastics championships in Stuttgart, Germany, as the U.S. women’s team continued their winning streak at worlds.
According to the Associated Press, Biles’ newest medal (which is also her 15th career gold), breaks a tie with Russian gymnast Svetlana Khorkina for the most medals won overall by a woman at the world championships. Now Biles has Vitaly Scherbo’s record in her scope. Scherbo holds the all-time record, regardless of gender, with 23 medals.
“Every year it feels better and better just because we’re adding to the legacy,” Biles said. “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.”
And as they say, birds of a feather, flock together, because the U.S. women’s gymnastics team came out to play, period.
For the fifth consecutive year, the women’s team picked up a gold at the world championships, finishing 5.801 points ahead of Russia.
“It’s just so surreal to come out here and end up on top with the strength of the team that we have, even after having a couple falls out there,” Biles said.