Posted by MTV News on January 20, 2019 09:03:27The world’s biggest gymnast Diane Durham was named “America’s Next Biggest Gymnast” on the popular reality show, Dancing With the Stars, but her biggest fans were the American gymnasts who flocked to see her perform at the 2018 World Championships in Italy.
Durham, who was also named “The Greatest Female Athlete of All Time” by Time Magazine in 2018, had her world debut at the 2019 Worlds and had a huge year for the U.S. team.
She took home the gold medal, the first ever for a woman in the world, and the bronze medal in the women’s team competition in the finals.
The 20-year-old was the best in the group of six, earning an unprecedented 11 gold medals.
She finished fifth, behind reigning champions Alex Trebek (7) and Michelle Waterson (7), who took home bronze and silver.
Duram’s win in the competition is the most in gymnastics history, according to ESPN.
The last time a gymnastics athlete had won gold in a World Championship final was in 1968.
But that was the last time that American gymnast Michelle Watterson made history as the first woman to win an individual medal in a world championship.
In the women and girls gymnastics, a medal is a gold or silver medal.
Durham won the women, the bronze in women’s singles.
In women’s teams, the gold in women was the first of her career and her second world title.
She is also the first American gymnastics gymnast to win a world title since Alex Trebak in 2016.
Durampher had a dominant performance in the semifinals, finishing first and then second to eventual gold medalist and 2017 World Champion Aly Raisman.
She was named a finalist for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, where she will compete against China’s Wang Ying and Singapore’s Suzy Lee.
Durum has been competing for more than a year, competing in the 2018 US Nationals, the 2018 Worlds and the 2019 World Championships.