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Simone Biles Debuted A New, Taylor Swift-Themed Floor Routine Ahead Of The Olympics

Simone Biles is so back! On May 20, Biles, one of the greatest gymnasts of all time, made an epic return to the competition floor when she competed in the Core Hydration Classic at the XL Center arena in Hartford, Connecticut. Not only did she slay each event of the meet, but she also did so with major comeback-era flair, especially with her gold medal-winning floor routine that had a special twist: It used an iconic Taylor Swift song, “…Ready For It?”

Biles stepped onto the the competition floor in a fuchsia leotard covered in silver rhinestones on the sleeves and bodice, a design similar to her 2013 Under Armour outfit for the World Artistic Gymnastics Championship, thus paying homage to her first event as senior competitor over a decade ago. As Biles began her floor routine, the audience quickly recognized the electropop and deep bass of the inaugural track on Swift’s sixth album, Reputation, as the backing instrumentals for Biles’ performance — and fans cheered on the icon as she completed the routine that ended with her landing the gold medal. She also earned silver medals in the uneven bars and balance beam, and won the all-around for the whole meet, with a score of 59.500. 

Biles’ song choice may be a sign that the six-time World all-around champion and four-time Olympic gold medalist is embracing a new era as she prepares for her bid for the 2024 Paris Olympics. At the Tokyo Olympics in 2021, she decided to withdraw from competing in order to protect her mental health. But after taking time to rest and heal, she’s back and ready for another round — much like Ms. Swift was when she came out with Reputation in 2017.

Biles’ performance in Connecticut furthers her chances in being selected to compete in the Paris Olympics, which take place July 26 to Aug. 11. The gymnast is scheduled for one more event, the U.S. Championship in Fort Worth, Texas, from May 30 to June 2 at Dickies Arena, before participating in the U.S. Olympic Team Trials in Minneapolis at the Target Center from June 27 to June 30. 

Starr Washington is a member of the Her Campus National Writer Program, contributing to the lifestyle vertical. She also serves as the President of the Her Campus Chapter at her university. Currently a senior at San Francisco State University, Starr is pursuing a degree in Broadcast Electronic Communication Arts (BECA) with a minor in Africana Studies. Following her undergraduate studies, she plans to pursue an MFA in creative writing. Starr is dedicated to showcasing her blackness in her professional work and is always rooting for black creatives, particularly in film, literature, and travel. In addition to her writing, Starr works at her university’s multicultural center, where she organizes annual events for both the campus and the Bay Area community. She was a speaker at the San Francisco State University Black Studies Origins and Legacy Commemoration, where she had the honor of sitting alongside the founders of the country's first Black Student Union. Starr teaches a course she developed called “Intro to Black Love” within SFSU’s experimental college program. In her rare free time, Starr enjoys chipping away at her TBR list (she finishes one book, then adds three more to the list), writing poetry and fiction, and spending time with her music enthusiast partner and their three-year-old German Shepherd. She is a Scorpio from Michigan.