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Lesson time 8:25 min
Simone reviews and deconstructs footage of some of her most notable performances on bars, including her top-scoring routine from the 2018 World Championships and her routine from the 2018 U.S. Classic.
[MUSIC PLAYING] SIMONE BILES: Something I do to gain confidence in myself-- I try to watch back videos so that I feel more comfortable going into whatever I'm about to do. Throughout my whole entire gymnastics career, I was terrified of bars. It was my weakest event. I never understood why you have to swing by your arms and go from bar to bar. That didn't seem normal to me, so I wasn't very interested. So I really had to work on the fundamentals throughout my entire career. I still do to this day. And it turns out, in the long run, it's useful, because at this meet, 2018 world's podium training in Doha, I actually got a world silver bar medal. I would have never thought that in my wildest dreams. So in this routine, I have a couple new skills-- mainly at the end, but a new combination at the beginning. And see, I'm really taking my time on each skill. Don't give up now. Don't die. You're almost done. Here we go into the dismount. Good, clean dismount. Don't pull in. And there we have it. Very pleased with that. So mentally, we did a lot of pressure sets. Almost every week, we had pressure sets on bar so that I believed that I could compete this routine. And it's a salute routine, so you pretend--it's just like competition. How would you perform under pressure? Even though the audience isn't there, he'll tell you-- if you fall in this routine, you have this x amount. If not, I'll give you your assignment afterwards. And that really helped me along the way, but we always started bars off with our fundamentals and basics. So this is my very first international assignment I was given. Honestly, right there, I was thinking, don't screw up, or you'll never get another assignment again. I was terrified. I'm literally terrified right now. I can hear Marta. I can hear my coaches I'm rushing. You can see how I'm rushing in the skills. I'm not completing the handstands, the turns. I am swinging, man. Pike to pak. But you can already tell I'm not completing any of these skills. I'm just rushing through the whole entire thing. You can just see the rhythm is off. The whole routine is me just trying to get on the bar and off the bar-- which I was really good at. I was pleased with my performance. The biggest meet of my life so far, and I made my routine. I didn't think that I could do better, because this was my biggest assignment, highest pressure situation I've ever been put in, and I just hit my routine, so that was enough at that point, for me. My advice for you, if you're under your first high-pressure situations, competitions, would try to relate it back to training. You've done everything you can in your power to get you where you are, so just keep going, keep pushing, because it'll be worth it. So this meet was 2018 US Classic's. I was really confident going into this routine, a little bit too excited. Nerves got to me, so you can see that I start to rush through the routine by not completing all my tu...
At 22, Simone Biles is already a legend. With 14 medals, including 10 gold, Simone is the most decorated World Championship American gymnast of all time. Now the Olympic gymnast—part of the gold-medal-winning USA gymnastics "Final Five"—breaks down her techniques for vault, uneven bars, balance beam, and floor. Discover how Simone performs under pressure, learn to practice like a champion, and claim your competitive edge.
Although I am not actually a gymnast, it was really interesting to get a glimpse of how gymnasts are able to execute all their skills. I did learn some great mental techniques and tools that I can apply to my life in order to reach my goals.
Excellent! I love that MasterClass has included this intimate insight into Simone Biles and the gymnastic world. You don't need to be a gymnast to appreciate and enjoy this class.
I think this is a very good video for gymnasts who are really just starting to take gymnastics seriously and are trying to figure out what the gymnastics life is about and how to communicate with coaches at a higher level.
I used to be a gymnast. I'm in my 50s now but it's something I still dream about because I loved it so much.