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[–] Calico 62 points (+62|-0)

She’s proof that a sport where typical female traits are advantageous (being petite, more lower body strength, better flexibility) can be amazing to watch and downright superhuman. Also love that she’s representing abuse survivors. QUEEN ❤️

[–] dixiechick547 47 points (+47|-0)

It’s amazing to me that she continues to excel in a sport where most of the athletes are done by the age of 20. I hope her longevity will show that longer careers are possible.

[–] Mikkal 29 points (+29|-0)

The fact that she's 24 really stood out to me - that's more typical of male gymnasts. (2016 USA Male Gymnast team - average age was 25). I hope this is a sign of change.

[–] dixiechick547 35 points (+35|-0)

I suspect that all the eating disorders and sexual abuse has had more impact on shortening the careers of female gymnasts than the dreaded ‘puberty body changes’.

[–] armwontset 13 points (+13|-0)

Agreed. I love watching women's gymnastics, but almost felt guilty knowing what these young girls had to put up with and how quickly they burned out because of it.

[–] dixiechick547 5 points (+5|-0)

One of my sisters was a gymnast but eventually had to quit because the coaches wanted her to go on very restrictive diets. No matter how much weight she lost she was a naturally hippy black girl. It broke her heart and she went into other sports. In her 60s now she can still do a lot of the flips. She was a vault specialist.

[–] ThisReality 36 points (+36|-0)

Simone Biles gives me goosebumps every time. She's magical.

[–] crlody 22 points (+23|-1)

Simone Biles continues to prove she's the G.O.A.T.

💯

[–] InvisibleWoman 9 points (+9|-0)

Wtf literally all the videos are blocked in my country.

But that's amazing!

[–] Ave_Lucifuge 8 points (+8|-0)

Damn, look at her lats! Those are some fitness goals right there. I know nothing about gymnastics but that was beautiful to watch; congratulations to her!

[–] yesisaiditxx 4 points (+5|-1)

What goes on in your head when you’re about to do that? AHHHHH.

My parents had me in cheerleading as a kid and I tried to learn just a basic back handspring and could do a double on the springy practice space but when it came down to doing it on a floor or the ground? Nope!!! Not for me!! I wouldn’t even try I was so afraid to crush my head. I honestly can’t understand what it must be like to do stuff like this. I’m happy for her but I also feel like anyone who’s seen her already knew she was going to be the best as long as she was around so it’s like oh, yeah, cool LOL

[–] Boudicaea 3 points (+3|-0)

I could barely do a cartwheel and I tried so hard to learn back handsprings! Landed on my head about a million times, which was not fun! I did one ONCE on my trampoline at home with no one else around, years after I stopped cheerleading. The one and only time, haha. I'm still kind of shocked that it even happened. Simone Biles is like a magician to me... she is amazing!

[–] Sycaid 4 points (+4|-0)

Amazing woman. I look forward to seeing where she's at 10 years from now as well.

[–] ThisReality 1 points (+1|-0)

I think she'll be a high achiever in anything she wants to do.

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