It's Official: Simone Biles Is the Most Decorated Gymnast in World Championship History
With a dominant performance at the 2019 FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships, American gymnast Simone Biles has won an impressive 25 medals at worlds, 19 of which are gold, making her the most decorated gymnast of all time.
Simone first claimed a share of the women's record in 2018, when she matched Russian gymnast Svetlana Khorkina with 20 world medals and surpassed her with a record 14 golds. She quickly widened that margin at the 2019 championships, with a win in the team event. She then took home medals in the all-around and on the vault, tying Belarusian gymnast Vitaly Scherbo for the all-time record with 23 medals at the world championships. She broke that mark on the final day of the competition, when she topped the podium in the balance beam and the floor exercise events, bringing her career total to 25.
Since her senior debut in 2013, Simone has won at least one medal in each of the five individual events at the world championships (balance beam, vault, uneven bars, floor exercise, and all-around), in addition to winning the team event. If you're still struggling to wrap your mind around that (same), keep reading for an event-by-event breakdown.