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Who would want to go up against Simone Biles?! Not Maria Paseka, most definitely not her.

The Russian gymnast has previously expressed desire to win an Olympic gold medal on vault, but that would be hard with Biles aiming to compete at 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

When asked about her chances of bringing home an Olympic gold medal during an interview with, Paseka had a hilarious message to the American gymnast.

"I heard that Simone Biles is coming back… If she comes back, it would be hard," said Paseka. "How can I give her a hint: “Simone, could you stay at home for now, don’t go to Tokyo, Masha Paseka will compete now and then you can come back to the sport”."

Paseka competed against Biles at 2015 World championships and 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

In 2015, Paseka won gold while Biles settled for bronze. At that time, Biles' vaults were not as difficult as Paseka's. The first had an Amanar and a Lopez, and the latter had an Amanar and a Cheng.

In 2016, Biles upgraded her second vault to a Cheng and won an easy gold in Rio while Paseka came in second place.

Since arriving on the international scene, Paseka has always been criticized for her execution on the apparatus. 

Biles is considered to be one of the greatest gymnasts of all time. She is the first female gymnast to win three consecutive World all around titles. She left the Rio Olympic Games with four gold medals and a bronze.

She returned to the gym last November after taking a year-long hiatus from the sport and is expected to have her comeback debut in 2018.

In the interview, Paseka has also talked about how she met her fiance whom she got engaged to after the last World championships. 

"He saw me on tv during the Rio Olympics and messaged me on Vkontakte. I looked at his page, saw lots of photos of cars and thought: Ok, he likes cars – then we’ll definitely have something to talk about," she recalled. "We started talking, then met in real life, I introduced him to my friends… I wasn’t training at that moment, so I was catching up on partying for all the years I’d missed."

The couple currently lives together and that they are not thinking of having children at the moment.

The two time World champion said that she does not let fame get to her head. She explains that she replies only to her fans on social media in case their messages and comments have polite wording.

"There are many people, though, who write ridiculous things! Once someone offered me to participate in a photoshoot. I looked at his page and it’s full of photos of naked women! Horrible."

Written by Gigi Farid



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