Simone Biles slams gymnastics governing body for watering down scores for her spectacular new moves

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Simone Biles landed two huge moves at the world gymnastics championships in Germany Saturday and will have the new skills named after her.

During the competition in Stuttgart, Germany, BIles first landed the triple-double on the floor exercise, which involves a triple-twisting double backflip. Going forward, that move will be called the 'Biles II.'

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Then, while on the balance beam, she performed the double-double tuck - two flips and two twists - while dismounting. That move will be called the 'Biles.'

But the star slammed gymnastics officials earlier this week when they watered down the points awarded for difficulty on the spectacular moves - because they might be too risky for other gymnasts to attempt.

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She told NBC sports: 'Am I in a league of my own? Yes. But that doesn’t mean you can’t credit me for what I’m doing.

'They keep asking us to do more difficulty and to give more artistry, give more harder skills. So we do, and then they don’t credit it, and I don’t think that’s fair.'

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Elements in gymnastics are assigned a letter of difficulty, with an 'A' skill worth a tenth of a point, and each higher letter worth an additional tenth of a point.

Her triple-twisting double was valued as a rare 'J' level skill, but the double-double tuck was only awarded a 'H'.

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The International Gymnastics Federation's Women's Technical Committee tried to justify their decision after widespread criticism.

They said in a statement: In assigning values to the new elements, the WTC takes into consideration many different aspects; the risk, the safety of the gymnasts and the technical direction of the...
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