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‘Sometimes I Wonder How I Do It,’ Says Five-Time Winner Biles
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U.S. gymnast Simone Biles struggled to grasp the reality of her talent and dominance even as she handily won her fifth world all-around title at the World Championships in Stuttgart on Thursday.

“Sometimes I wonder how I do it,” said Biles, who collected the 16th gold medal and 22nd overall medal of her world championships career. "I feel like it’s not me. I wish I could have an out-of-body experience to witness it, because sometimes I think I’m going crazy.”

Biles said she was “most definitely” more pleased with her Stuttgart all-around performance, where she bettered silver medalist Tang Xijing of China by 2.10 points, than with her winning performance at last year’s Worlds in Doha. She won gold in Doha by 1.693 points, even counting falls on vault and balance beam.

“Last year was kind of tragic,” Biles said. “It definitely wasn’t my best per-formance, but you live and you learn, and I feel like today going out there I didn’t want to do that again.”

Biles earned her top score of the final on vault, where she performed a Cheng vault. She said coach Laurent Landi dismissed her suggestion of going for her namesake Biles vault, which includes a half-twist more than the Cheng but which she missed in the Doha all-around final.

“I did ask Laurent if I could do the double full vault, and he said, ‘No,’” Biles said. “I was like, ‘Are you having flashbacks?’ And he was like, ‘Just stick with the one-and-a-half.’”

Landi said he anticipates more success for Biles in this weekend’s appa-ratus finals. Biles has qualified for all four finals, and heads into the bal-ance beam and floor exercise finals as the top qualifier.

“I just expect the same as she’s been doing,” Landi said. “Four more events made, and then we will take whatever we have at the end.”

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