Simone Biles Tweets She 'Can't Believe' She Landed Historic Yurchenko Double Pike

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured Columnist IVMay 25, 2021

INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA - MAY 22: Simone Biles lands the Yurchenko double pike while competing on the vault during the 2021 GK U.S. Classic gymnastics competition at the Indiana Convention Center on May 22, 2021 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Biles became the first woman in history to land the Yurchenko double pike in competition. (Photo by Emilee Chinn/Getty Images)
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If you remain stunned by what Simone Biles can pull off, you're not alone. Biles herself remains at a loss.

Competing in the GK U.S. Classic, the four-time Olympic gold medalist became the first woman to successfully land the Yurchenko double pike in competition on the vault.

Team USA @TeamUSA

The first woman in history to land a Yurchenko double pike in competition.<br><br>Our jaws are on the floor. @Simone_Biles is still in the air. #USClassic pic.twitter.com/CmJYRidtfo

Days later, the feeling of achievement remained fresh:

Simone Biles @Simone_Biles

I’m sorry but I can’t believe I competed a double pike on vault

The New York Times' Juliet Macur wrote how Biles' Yurchenko double pike put her in a class of her own to such an extent that some around the sport worry "she might run away with any competition she enters simply by doing a handful of moves that her rivals cannot, or dare not, attempt."

Macur also explained that the double pike wasn't valued commensurately with its difficulty and rarity in part to counteract Biles' dominance.

When you're so good that officials subtly work to curb your supremacy, you're allowed to take a moment to be impressed with yourself.