Skip To Content

Support the Forward

Funded by readers like you DonateSubscribe
The Schmooze

Aly Raisman Cheers Simone Biles Through Her Hardest Gymnastics Routines Ever

On Saturday, America’s greatest young athlete returned to her sport after a two-year hiatus: Olympic gymnast Simone Biles competed at the U.S. Classic, winning gold with the hardest routines she has ever done in competition.

Aly Raisman, Biles’ teammate and captain on the 2016 Olympic team, wasn’t competing — she’s busy with her work as a crusader against sexual abuse in sports — but she tweeted her support for Biles from afar. Biles responded with love for her teammate by liking an Olympic Channel clip showcasing their close friendship.

Though Biles, who last competed at the 2016 Rio Olympics, only returned to training this November, experts say she is already surpassing her previous abilities. At the Classic, she got the highest score on the floor routine and the vault that any gymnast has gotten in the last four years. Just two weeks ago Biles wasn’t planning in competing in two out of four events. Yet at the competition she beat the second-place gymnast, Riley McCuscker, by a full point.

Here’s her unreal floor performance:

Mazel, Simone!

Jenny Singer is the deputy lifestyle editor for the Forward. You can reach her at [email protected] or on Twitter @jeanvaljenny


Republish This Story

Please read before republishing

We’re happy to make this story available to republish for free, unless it originated with JTA, Haaretz or another publication (as indicated on the article) and as long as you follow our guidelines. You must credit the Forward, retain our pixel and preserve our canonical link in Google search.  See our full guidelines for more information, and this guide for detail about canonical URLs.

To republish, copy the HTML by clicking on the yellow button to the right; it includes our tracking pixel, all paragraph styles and hyperlinks, the author byline and credit to the Forward. It does not include images; to avoid copyright violations, you must add them manually, following our guidelines. Please email us at [email protected], subject line “republish,” with any questions or to let us know what stories you’re picking up.

We don't support Internet Explorer

Please use Chrome, Safari, Firefox, or Edge to view this site.