Video: Simone Biles Nails Yurchenko Double Pike at U.S. Classic Practice Session

Paul KasabianFeatured Columnist IIMay 21, 2021

HOLD FOR MOVEMENT WITH STORY BY WILL GRAVES—Reigning Olympic champion gymnast Simone Biles practices her balance beam routine during a training session Tuesday, May 11, 2021, in Spring, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
AP Photo/David J. Phillip

Simone Biles has continuously amazed millions of onlookers as she defies logic en route to delivering dazzling performances, and she did so again Friday after landing a Yurchenko double pike while practicing for the U.S. Classic in Indianapolis.

#TokyoOlympics @NBCOlympics

Simone Biles just landed her Yurchenko double pike in podium training and we are SPEECHLESS. 😮 #USClassic@Simone_Biles @OnHerTurf pic.twitter.com/S9YsasXoXu

Naturally, a lot of people were stunned after watching, including Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James:

LeBron James @KingJames

MY GOODNESS @Simone_Biles!! 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥 https://t.co/ejJ5hfPaWm

The Gymternet @thegymterdotnet

Simone Biles basically just stuck the Yurchenko double pike. The height she gets on that is literally impossible. I thought it was a piked timer at first and then was like wait, no, that was a legit double back. I'm normally like "I'M SCREAMING" but with that, I'm SPEECHLESS.

Jasmine B. @jasmined_brown

Where was Simone Biles born because it clearly was not on Earth

Rodger Sherman @rodger

please watch Simone Biles do this and then watch this GIF of the dude who won the gold medal in vault in 1932 https://t.co/Zjp8HLzKIt pic.twitter.com/jxh3QLFK0G

Rachel Doerrie @racheldoerrie

Simone Biles is not allowed to compete the skills/routines she wants to because FIG rules deemed that some of her skills were too dangerous for others to attempt. That’s how good she is. https://t.co/oIVssoIUYH

Biles has won 25 gold medals at international championship competitions, including 19 at the World Championships, four at the Summer Olympics and two at the FIG World Cup. That's in addition to four silver medals and four bronze medals at world competitions.

She could be in position to make more history at the upcoming Summer Olympics as well:

#TokyoOlympics @NBCOlympics

No American woman in any sport has won 5 gold medals at a single Games but Simone Biles could be the one to change that at the #TokyoOlympics.<br><br>She could also become the first to repeat as the women’s all-around Olympic champion since in 1968.@Simone_Biles @TeamUSA @OnHerTurf pic.twitter.com/Rr3T4HOn1v

The U.S. Classic, which serves as a warm-up to the U.S. Championships and Olympic Trials, will begin on Saturday. NBCSN will televise the event starting at 7 p.m. ET.