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Simone Biles makes a dazzling comeback at the U.S. Classic

Simone Biles Dominates at U.S. Classic, Ready for Paris Olympics

Simone Biles Dominates U.S. Classic in Olympic Prep

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — With more than two months to go before the Olympic games in Paris, gymnastics superstar Simone Biles demonstrated her readiness at the U.S. Classic on Saturday. Biles, a four-time Olympic gold medalist, showcased her dominance in the sport by posting an all-around score of 59.500, nearly two points ahead of her closest competitor, Shilese Jones.

The 27-year-old Biles, who won the all-around gold at the 2016 Olympics, impressed the crowd with her flawless routines on vault and floor exercise, as well as strong performances on uneven bars and balance beam in her 2024 debut.

“I was just happy to be back out there, get through those nerves again, feel that adrenaline,” Biles remarked. “I can’t complain about how the first meet back was.”

Biles executed some of her signature moves, including the Yurchenko double pike on vault and a challenging tumbling pass that ended with a triple-twisting double-flip. Despite minor imperfections like taking steps back on her vault dismount and landing out of bounds on the triple-double, Biles’ combination of difficulty and precision set the standard for the sport.

With her stellar performance at the U.S. Classic, Biles is considered a strong contender for the U.S. Olympic team. The focus now shifts to determining the remaining members of the five-woman team who will compete in France.

Shilese Jones, who placed second at the U.S. Classic, showcased her skills on bars and proved her consistency in other events. However, other contenders like Gabby Douglas and Sunisa Lee faced challenges during the competition, raising uncertainties about their Olympic aspirations.

The road to Paris is filled with hurdles for these gymnasts, as they aim to secure a spot on the highly competitive U.S. Olympic team. As Biles continues her quest for Olympic glory, fans can expect more thrilling performances from the gymnastics legend in the upcoming months leading to the games in Paris.

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