Simone Biles Hailed as the GOAT After Winning U.S. Olympic Trials

Simone Biles will have the chance to add to her five Olympic gold medals next month in Tokyo after qualifying for the 2020 Olympics on Sunday.

The four-time Olympic gold medallist became the first woman in history to win the U.S. Olympic Gymnastics Trials twice, claiming first place in the two-day event in St. Louis, Missouri, with a total of 118.098 points.

Sunisa Lee finished second with 115.832 points, while Jordan Chiles and Grace McCallum rounded up the top four with 114.631 and 112.564 points, respectively.

Should she defend the Olympic all-around title she won in Rio de Janeiro five years ago, Biles will become the first woman gymnast to achieve the feat in over half a century.

The 24-year-old was again hailed as gymnastic's GOAT (greatest of all time) on Sunday.

Without a doubt 🐐

Time@Simone_Biles | #GymTrials21 x #TokyoOlympics

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— #TokyoOlympics (@NBCOlympics) June 28, 2021

I genuinely believe that if you do not think Simone Biles is the greatest gymnast of all time (not necessarily your FAVORITE, but objectively the greatest) that you really just don't understand gymnastics.

— Bekah (@BekahHarbs) June 27, 2021


— Team USA (@TeamUSA) June 28, 2021

Biles has pushed back on her GOAT status, but she has sported the silhouette of the animal on her leotard since 2019 in a tongue-in-cheek response to criticism.

"I don't think of myself as the G.O.A.T. and that's not why I wear the goat on my leo. It was kind of a joke in the beginning," she told People earlier this month.

"I wore one in 2019 and it was just funny because the haters were so upset. What we did is to kind of tick them off even more. So I was happy because it's like good, now you guys are annoyed because you're annoying me."

I think it's time to change the whole measure of greatness from being "the Michael Jordan of ____" to "the Simone Biles of ____."


— BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@mmpadellan) June 26, 2021

Are we ready for the Simone Biles is one of the greatest athletes of all time conversation?

— Crissy Froyd (@crissy_froyd) June 27, 2021

While Biles has played down the praise, the argument to consider her as one of the greatest athletes in history not just in gymnastics but in sports as a whole is perfectly legitimate.

The Ohio-native has won 19 world titles and amassed a total of 25 world championship medals to go with her five Olympic medals. She has routinely pushed the limit of what is possible for a female gymnast.

Biles has four moves named after her and last month became the first woman in history to pull off a Yurchenko double-pike vault during competition. The move had previously been considered so dangerous that no other female gymnast had even considered attempting it.

Her dominance of the all-around competition borders on the ridiculous as Biles hasn't lost in the event since 2013, when she was just 16 years old.

Sunday's performance, however, was far from the near-perfect standards Biles has set throughout her stellar career.

She wobbled on the balance beam before jumping down and looked visibly emotional afterward, while both of her vaults ended with imperfect landings and she stepped out of bounds twice during her floor exercise.

Simone Biles made one mistake on the uneven bars and when she came off the mics caught her saying "I WANT TO DIE". relatable GOAT

— Rodger Sherman (@rodger) June 28, 2021

Not even that, however, could threaten her first place and a second appearance at the Olympics.

"I feel like I've been emotional this whole week," Biles told NBC after the event.

"I just can't believe Olympic Trials is here again, I can't believe I'm here again. It's been a journey, and five years later we're doing it again."

While Biles will be one of Team U.S.A.'s brightest starts at the Olympics, she admitted she had considered quitting gymnastics if the Tokyo 2020 Olympics had been canceled last year.

"If they cancel the Olympics, I'm quitting. I can't do this any longer," the 24-year-old says in the first episode of Simone vs. Herself, a new seven-part documentary that premiered on Facebook Watch earlier in June.

In March 2020, the IOC and the Tokyo 2020 organizers postponed the Games by 12 months because of the COVID pandemic.

With the exception of the two world wars, the Olympic Games have never been canceled since they began in their modern guise in 1896.

The Games are now set to begin on July 23, exactly a year after the scheduled opening ceremony.

Simone Biles at the U.S. Olympic Trials
Simone Biles waves to the crowd as she exits following the women's competition of the 2021 U.S. Gymnastics Olympic Trials at the America’s Center on June 27 in St Louis, Missouri. Jamie Squire/Getty Images