After a two-year layoff, Simone Biles won her 20th gold medal at the world championships Wednesday for the U.S. women's gymnastics team.
After Joscelyn Roberson injured herself during warmups, Biles, 26, won the 2023 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Antwerp, Belgium, with a strong final floor performance.
Leanne Wong replaced Roberson in vault and floor. Skye Blakely and Shilese Jones completed the team.
In the first three apparatus, Biles scored 14.800 in vault, 14.466 in bars, and 14.300 in beam. In her final floor routine, the seven-time Olympic winner grinned, gained height on her three tumbling passes, and landed every landing, scoring 15.166.
Biles' 167.729 score put Team USA on top. France won bronze and Brazil silver in its first world championships team medal.
The U.S. Women won their seventh consecutive Gold Medal at the Artistic World Championships on a night of nail-biting battle and historic moments! USA Gymnastics posted a congratulations on X, previously Twitter.
Biles took a two-year mental health vacation following the 2020 Summer Olympic games in Tokyo, when she failed to overcome the "twists" and withdrew from multiple finals. Biles stated she felt the "weight of the world" on her shoulders before earning a balance beam bronze.
As she prepares for the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris, Biles moves closer to being the most decorated gymnast ever. She has 33 medals from the Olympics and World Championships, including 26 worlds. USA Today said that Biles will become the most decorated gymnast with 34 wins.