Simone Biles continues to advance in career as a United States gymnast. Even the hospital could not stop her from achieving her goals and going for the gold once again. Less than a day before the 2018 World Artistic Gymnastics Championship, the four-time Olympic gold medalist, was hospitalized for a kidney stone.
“I have to do this for my team first, and then hopefully try to get through team finals and then see what else there is to come, because the team is most important,” she stated in an interview with The Olympic Channel. Pulling through for the team is just what Simone Biles did in this global championship.
The events were held at the Aspire Academy Dome in Doha, Qatar from October 25 – November 3, 2018. In the competition, Biles became the first woman to win four World All-Around titles and also the first Simone Biles becomes first American to win a medal at every World Championships event
Biles took home two gold, a silver, and a bronze medal in this year’s competition.
Even though she did not stick her vault landing, nor did she keep her balance on the balance beams, this did not stop her from superseding her competitors in the championship. Simone received a gold medal in the women’s All-Around category and women’s vault and floor exercise, a silver in the uneven bars and a bronze in the balance beam. Her final score in the competition was a 57.491. The United State’s women team’s total score of 171.629, qualifying them for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.
“It feels like it’s been a long road, but a successful one at that, so I’m happy for that. There are still things that we need to work on, but we are still going to bring it,” Biles stated in an interview at the championship.
Simone explained that she will visit the doctor again to resolve the kidney stone issue and then begin training again shortly after.