Fab Return: Olympic Gymnast Simone Biles Wins US Classic
You have seen her wow gymnastics moves in the 2016 Rio Olympics. Having won five Olympic medals, four of them gold, Simone Biles needn’t have worried about her performance at the US Classic in Columbus, Ohio, on July 28. But the Olympic gold medalist was off the podium since 2016 and hence a bit nervous. Nevertheless, after the two-year layoff, she made a fab return by winning the senior all-around crown at the tournament.
Biles won the title with a total of 58.700 points
Riley McCusker of Brielle, New Jersey, came second with 57.500 points while 2017 world all-around champion Morgan Hurd bagged the third position with 56.350.
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Biles won two titles, for balance beam and floor exercise. The stellar performance qualified her for the US championships next month. She will also take part in the World Championships coming up in October.
The 21-year-old overcame some early mistakes, turning some shaky moments into victory.
“I feel pretty good with where I’m at in this time of the year, and even from Rio I feel like I’ve improved,” said Biles, who is eyeing the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. “I’m pretty proud of myself at this point.”
The extraordinary Olympian gymnast made a record at the Rio Olympics. Arguably one of the best performers in the history of the sport, the American defeated Russia and China in the team all-around by a wide margin and won the women’s individual all-around by a solid two points. With a couple of complicated tricks and nearly flawless execution, Biles already has a move named after her. The American is also the three-time world champ.
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