Simone Biles usually owns the floor exercise. She’s been great at this event since she was very young, back when some people mistakenly thought she was going to end up being a floor and vault specialist – and never an all-rounder. Those naysayers are probably hiding in a corner now.
At the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games, Biles’ signature move on the ground was a double layout with a half turn and a blind landing, now officially known as “The Biles”. It was the first skill named after her because she was the first to do it at World Championships or Olympic Games.
She has since added “The Biles II” to her floor repertoire, and that’s a triple double back flip that you need to watch in slow motion to count the flips and twists. It looks like it’s being tossed around in the eye of a hurricane. But in the end she kind of lands on her feet like a cat. In gymnastics, this quality is known as air awareness and is one of the many sporting gifts from Biles.
She has also been working on her choreography since the last Olympic Games. In an effort to “spice it up,” she hired professional dancer Sasha Farber to help. He was her partner in “Dancing with the Stars” and together they took fourth place in this TV competition. Here, however, Biles wants a gold medal, not a glittering mirror ball trophy.
She has just done her two biliary movements and both landed. But her third dive, a double flip full turn, gave her problems. Landing it with both feet, her momentum caused her to fly out of bounds and even over the beige raised competition floor. It was one of her worst ground performances of the year, and despite her extremely difficult moves, she received a score of 14,133.
So far she has finished second, just behind Vanessa Ferrari from Italy with 14,166 points. The top eight at the end of the day will qualify for the event finale next week.