U.S. gymnastics hero Simone Biles kicked off the second game of the Major League Baseball (MLB) World Series in true Simone Biles style – with a stunning backflip twist.
After taking five gold medals at the World Gymnastics Championships this month, the 22-year-old is the most decorated gymnast of all time, and she was invited to the game to serve up the ceremonial first pitch.
😱 @USAGym legend @Simone_Biles has changed the first pitch game forever! https://t.co/WU7Fj60yWC— FOX Sports (@FOX Sports) 1571880036.0
Biles' unique take on the tradition was met with cheers from the crowd at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas – the gymnast's home town.
It is the second time Biles has thrown the first pitch at a Houston Astros game, the first coming on July 4, 2016, when she tried something similarly spectacular.
Check out Houston's own @Simone_Biles throwing out the first pitch at the @astros game on July 4th! https://t.co/NJS4H2Hipj— KPRC 2 Houston (@KPRC 2 Houston) 1467664567.0
Unfortunately for the Astros however, Biles' flipping start to the World Series game did not prove a lucky charm.
The Houston club lost 12-3 to the Washington Nationals, who have won the first two games of the best-of-seven series.