Tokyo Olympics: Gymnastics sensation Simone Biles out to do 'unimaginable' at Games

Olympic all-around champion Simone Biles said the gymnast she most wants to beat in Tokyo is herself and that she is excited about trying things in the sport that were once "unimaginable".

The 24-year-old has won a record 25 world championship medals, 19 of which are gold, and has won every all-around competition she has contested since 2013.

She also won four gold medals, and a bronze, at Rio 2016 and is fully expected to add to that tally in Tokyo.

"I'm trying to be better than I was at the last meet, so I'm trying to beat myself," Biles tells NBC television.

"And so now I'm doing things that were unimaginable to the sport, and even for myself, and it's honestly crazy but I'm really excited because I feel like I've pushed my limits."

Earlier this year, Biles became the first woman to land a Yurchenko double-pike vault in competition.

On Tuesday (NZ time), Biles - who has confessed to being bored operating under strict coronavirus protocols - posted a triumphant photo showing her and a team mate in front of a wall at the Olympic Village in Tokyo.

On Tuesday, USA Gymnastics confirmed one of the alternate gymnasts on the US women's team tested positive for the coronavirus and another alternate was determined to be a close contact. The rest of the team has continued to prepare for the Games.

The Tokyo gymnastics competition gets underway on July 24 with the men's qualification round, and the women's competition starts a day later.


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