Biles fires warning with spectacular performance at US Nationals
DOHA, Qatar: American Simone Biles gave a hint of what is to be expected from her at the FIG Artistic World Championships in Doha after she dominated the US National Championships last week.
The 21-year-old, who took a break after the 2016 Rio Olympics, won gold in vault, uneven bars, balance beam, floor exercise, and unsurprisingly, in All-Around.
Biles became the first woman since Dominique Dawes in 1994 to win gold in every event and, the second woman ever to win the nationals five times (she has claimed every title from 2013-16).
“Being the first to sweep all the titles since Dominique Dawes is inspiring,” Biles told teamusa.org. “It’s kind of cool to follow that path.”
Biles is likely to be seen in action at the Worlds here from October 25-November 3.
“I thought I'd be a nervous wreck and maybe fall apart. Going into these events, I kept telling my family, ‘I don't know if I’m going to be able to calm myself down the way I did before and handle the nerves.’ But so far, so good,” she added.
The three-time world All-Around champion (2013–15) also proved that she is mentally prepared for the global competition in Doha – her All-Around score of 119.850 was better than reigning world champion Morgan Hurd (113.300).
“I’ve been back for only nine months. I’m so proud of myself,” Biles tweeted.