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Simone Biles wins ninth national all-around title at US Gymnastics Championships

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Simone Biles competes on the floor exercise during the 2024 Xfinity USA Gymnastics Championships at Dickies Arena on June 2, 2024. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)



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Simone Biles won a record ninth national all-around title at the U.S. Gymnastics Championships on Sunday, impressing ahead of next month’s Olympics in Paris.

Biles finished with a combined score of 119.750 while Skye Blakely was second with 5.900 points and Kayla DiCello third. Suni Lee finished fourth and Jordan Chiles fifth.

Biles dominated the event, earning the highest cumulative scores in all four events – beam, floor exercise, uneven bars and vault – despite a second-day spill in the latter.

“Today is just about going out here and being comfortable and confident in my gymnastics and hopefully going to the Olympic trials and taking the next step to Paris,” Biles told NBC Sports. “So I couldn’t be more proud of the way I carry myself at this time of year and gaining that confidence over and over again, putting myself back in front of a crowd and just doing what I do at the moment. training.”

The national championships are the final event for American gymnasts before the Olympic Trials in late June. The women’s team to compete at Paris 2024 will be chosen after the Olympic Trials, with the all-around winner at the Trials automatically making the team.

Biles is aiming to get closer to returning to the Olympics, the competition where she experienced “twisties” – a mental block causing gymnasts to lose track of their body position – at the Tokyo Games.

Biles was asked Sunday if she had started having fun with her gymnastics again.

“Yeah, everyone says I look like I’m having fun, so that’s good because I feel like most of the time, if I’m not stressed or anxious, I have felt like I was having fun,” Biles said. “So it’s nice to have that and feel that again.”

She then took a two-year break to focus on her mental health, but returned last year, sealing her comeback with a historic performance at the world championships.

After winning a silver and four gold medals there, she became the most decorated gymnast of all time, surpassing Belarusian Vitaly Scherbo’s record of 33 medals in total at the Olympics and world championships.

The four-time Olympic gold medalist entered the second day of the senior women’s all-around in first place with an astonishing score of 60.450, more than three points ahead of second-place Skye Blakely and third-place Kayla DiCello.

And to underline his dominance, Biles led the field on all apparatus after the first day. She started on vault, performing a Yurchenko double pike then a Cheng to finish with a 15.800.

Although the uneven bars are considered Biles’ “weakest” event, she scored a 14.650 to extend her lead through two rotations. In her third rotation – on beam – Biles continued her stellar performance, finishing with a 14.800.

She finished the night on floor, scored a 15.200 to solidify her lead and entered the final day with a great chance to win another national all-around title and further cement her status as the most decorated American gymnast of all time .

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Simone Biles celebrates after the US Gymnastics Championships at Dickies Arena in Fort Worth, Texas on June 2.

Meanwhile, on the men’s side, Brody Malone won his third national all-around title on Saturday, completing his remarkable comeback from a serious injury last year that required multiple surgeries to repair torn ligaments and cartilage in his knee , as well as a broken leg. .

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Brody Malone celebrates winning his national title.

“It’s just amazing to be able to – with everything I’ve been through – to be able to come back and make a comeback like I did and be competitive enough to be at the top again,” Malone said after the Olympics .

He also won gold on the high bar, the event on which he suffered his horrific knee injury and on which he became world champion in 2022.

Malone finished ahead of Frederick Richard, who also won on floor, and Khoi Young.

CNN’s Steve Almasy contributed to this report.

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