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Simone Biles pulls off a standing back flip with a twist before the World Series first pitch



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Let the record reflect that Simone Biles performed a full back flip with a twist in the front of the pitcher's mound Wednesday night at Minute Maid Park. [19659022] AT HOUSTONCHRONICLE.COM: Before the pitch, Simone Biles talks gymnastics

Biles didn't, alas, stick the landing to a degree that would have passed muster with crabby gymnastics judges. However, she picked up bonus points by promptly delivering a pitch just wide of home plate to Astros outfielder Jake Marisnick, drawing applause and cheers from fans attending World Series Game 2.

It was the second time to participate in an Astros pregame ceremony for Biles, 22, of Spring, who recently won five gold medals at the International Gymnastics Federation World Championships in Stuttgart, Germany.


Her first appearance at the Minute Maid came in 2016, shortly before she won four gold medals at Rio de Janeiro Olympics, and Wednesday's visit comes as she prepares to take time off before commencing preparations toward qualifying for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.


Biles, who wore an orange Astros jersey as she took to the field with her sister, Adria, who held the ball as she completed the flip, said she was happy to support a Houston team and fans.

“They've supported me the whole process since I was 15 years old, and they continue to suppor t me today, ”she said. “Nice to come out and give back and say hi to the fans and do something for one of our sports teams.”



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