Simone Biles dominated the 2018 World Gymnastics Championships—with a kidney stone
Five-time Olympic medalist Simone Biles is crushing it this year. In August, she returned to competing after a two-year hiatus and shattered records at the 2018 U.S. Gymnastics Championships. And now, at the 2018 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships qualifying rounds, Biles competed less than 24 hours after being hospitalized with a kidney stone.
According to BuzzFeed News, Biles earned the highest scores on the beam, vault, floor, and uneven bars at the October 27th competition in Qatar. Her performance helped the U.S. secure the first-place position and likely a spot in the team finals. And she did it after spending the night in the hospital. Biles tweeted photos of herself in a hospital bed on October 26th, writing that she had been diagnosed with a kidney stone. But it was clear the gymnast had no plans to miss the upcoming competition.
"Nothing like a late night ER visit less than 24 hours before world championships," she wrote. "this kidney stone can wait....doing it for my team! i'll be gucci girls!"
Biles showed up for the qualifying rounds the next morning—without having the kidney stone removed.
"We had to go to the ER, because I’ve been having stomach pains on my right side for two days," Biles said in an interview shared by USA Gymnastics. "We started to think it was my appendix, so we wanted to go as a precaution. We got tests done, and they found a kidney stone."
She acknowledged that she was in a “bit of pain” when walking or stretching, but with a smile she added that “adrenaline helps.”
E! News reports that Biles managed to keep her spirits up and nicknamed her kidney stone “the Doha pearl,” after the town in Qatar where the championships are being held. On Twitter, she wrote that she plans to “deal with it after world championships.”
According to the USA Gymnastics website, Biles and her teammate Morgan Hurd will compete in the women’s all-around finals on November 1st. She and some of her other teammates will then participate in the individual event finals on November 2nd and 3rd.
We’re in awe of Biles’ strength and perseverance—even in the face of a medical emergency. Good luck to her and to all members of Team USA.