With Another World Championship Under Her Belt, How Simone Biles Stacks Up Against Previous Olympic Greats

On Thursday U.S. gymnast Simone Biles made history winning her fifth all-around title at the gymnastics world championships in Stuttgart, Germany. With the largest margin of victory in world championship history, Biles beat China's Tang Xijing by 2.1 points.

Breaking records left and right. Simone Biles becomes the only woman to win 5 world all-around gold medals! 🐐🥇 #MicDroppic.twitter.com/8kapf8E0oa

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Biles' fifth title at the world championships makes her the most decorated female gymnast with 22 total medals. Her newest medal seals the deal for Biles to be considered the greatest of all time by many, but how does Biles stack up against previous great gymnasts like Nastia Liukin.

Prior to Biles, Liukin was considered by many as one of the best gymnasts of all time. During her time representing the US women's gymnastics team, Liukin received nine medals at the world championships, four of them being gold. The two are tied for total Olympic medals with five each, but Biles has four gold while Liukin has one. Biles also ranks higher in world medals than fellow American gymnasts Shannon Miller and Alicia Sacramone. Miller finished her career with nine world championship medals and Sacramone finished with 10.

Another area where Biles has Liukin beat is skills named after gymnasts. According to usagym.org, Liukin only has one skill named after her on the balance beam, when she completed the front salto piked with take off from one foot to scale.

At the most recent world championships, two new skills were named after Biles. The "Biles" was named after she completed the double-double tuck, or two flips and two twists, dismount during her balance beam routine. Biles then completed the triple-double, or a triple-twisting double-backflip, during her floor routine, which was named the "Biles II."

Biles has all but one all-around title at the world championships since 2013; she did not compete in 2017.

Prior to Biles' tallying a total of 22 medals, Liukin knew that she was destined for greatness.

"She's just competing against herself. She's the best gymnast I've ever seen," Liukin said in an interview with the BBC in 2016. "And obviously the most dominant so far, even without any Olympic medal, just looking at her world championship medal count. The gymnastics that she does is just absolutely incredible. She brings it to a different level."

Biles, who currently has five Olympic medals, will look to add to that number in the upcoming 2020 Olympic games in Tokyo. During an interview with BBC, Biles stated that the Tokyo Olympics will be her last.

"I feel like my body's gone through a lot, and it's kind of just falling apart - not that you can tell, but I really feel it a lot of the time," she said.

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Simone Biles wins her 5th all-around world title Alex Livesey/Getty