The United States Gymnastics Championships concluded over the weekend, and some might have been surprised that Simone Biles dominated the competition.
Despite some uncharacteristic mistakes on Friday that sent him chasing copious amounts of power and adrenaline, Biles, 24, coasted for his record seventh American title on Sunday night in Fort Worth. Biles won three of four events on Sunday, and did so by dropping some of his best tricks—including a vault so technologically advanced That other gymnasts wouldn’t even attempt it – in reserve.
“It’s really emotional, especially my second time going to an Olympic race, it’s really crazy,” Bilso said, which has won every all-around competition recorded since 2013.
“It’s been a lot of fun,” she said, “but it’s also been a lot of stress.”
Here’s what we learned about Biles, other top gymnasts, and the Olympics from this event. start in just six weeks.
Biles is still the best gymnast in the world.
Biles dominates world gymnastics for eight years. But because she and every other gymnast have been mostly idle during the pandemic, there were always questions about how she would return to the big stage.
Biles left no doubt at the US Championships, winning the overall title by a comfortable 4.7 points. She won three of the four events and finished third in the bar.
Biles did better on the second day of the meeting than on Saturday, another good sign. On Day 1, he stepped out of bounds three times during floor exercises. The other day, he did it only once.
“It’s so crazy because in training I never go out of bounds, and I’ve never had that much power,” Biles told reporters. “But with the adrenaline, that’s where it comes in.”
Biles could be even better at the Olympics.
was missing from Biles’ routine Yurchenko Double Pike Vault V Which shone last month at the US Classic. In that move, Biles starts with a back handspring and then flips twice into the pike position before landing. It is so technically difficult – and thus potentially dangerous – that no other woman has even attempted it in competition.
Instead, Biles performed two vaults that are more regular, at least for him, called Cheng and Amanar. It is expected that she will bring back Yurchenko Double Pike sport.
Biles won four out of a possible six gold medals in Rio, losing only on the bar and beam. It’s not inconceivable that she’d better that performance in Tokyo.
The team is already shaping up ahead of the US trials.
Sunissa Lee And Jordan Chillies placed second and third in the US Championships, well ahead of the rest of the field (but still nearly five full points behind Biles in a game that measures the score to one-hundredth of a point). Lee and Chili both appear to be strong contenders for the four-woman United States Olympic Team. Despite an ankle injury, Lee won the bar on Sunday, making her the only gymnast to surpass Biles in anything.
The top two finishers at the United States Olympic Trials, to be held June 24 to 27, will receive automatic places in the Games, but USA Gymnastics has the discretion to choose the rest of the team. Barring injury, it is difficult to see a scenario in which Lee and Chile would be left out.
Jade Carey, who finished sixth in the Nationals, had already secured a spot in Tokyo as an individual competitor, although not a spot on the four-woman US team.
Some familiar names may not qualify for Tokyo.
After the championship, 18 gymnasts were nominated. US national team And earned a place in the tests. But some familiar athletes did not. 20-year-old Laurie Hernandez, part of the 2016 team, injured herself during the warm-up and did not compete. 2008 team member, Chelsea Memmel, mother of two who is trying to make a comeback at age 32, once stopped halfway through the routine After losing her grip and no longer competing in floor exercises. Morgan Hurd, 19, a former world all-around champion, entered only two events and performed poorly.