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Biles And Hurd: Role Models For Younger Teammates
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First in a series of flashbacks to the 2018 World Championships in Doha

Simone Biles and Morgan Hurd have won five world all-around titles between them, but their most meaningful honor may be serving as mentors and role models for the newcomers in their gold medal-winning U.S. team.

For Kara Eaker, the squad’s youngest member, the duo embody the resilience she needs when things don’t go according to her plan.

“Watching them in the gym is really inspiring,” said Eaker, who finished sixth on balance beam. “Watching their determination and confidence, even though they make mistakes, I know they can keep going. It makes me more determined to keep going.”

Grace McCallum looks to Biles and Hurd to help navigate what is, for her, uncharted territory.

“They definitely push you in the gym and make you work a lot harder, and make it a lot of fun,” said McCallum, who turned 16 on the day of the team final. “They have been here (at previous Worlds), so they know what to do. They show you around and show you what to do.”

The 21-year-old Biles enjoys providing encouragement and leadership based on her seniority and leadership.

“We worked very hard to be where we are,” Biles said. “I’m excited I could cheer them on and make them believe in themselves.”

IG’s John Crumlish served as chief editor/reporter for the organizing committee’s News Service at the 2018 World Championships in Doha.

Next up: Nina Derwael of Belgium describes what she thought, from start to finish, of her gold medal-winning performance on uneven bars.

Read complete coverage of the 2018 World Championships in the December 2018 issue of International Gymnast magazine. To subscribe to the print and/or digital editions, or to order back issues, click here.

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