Simone Biles back with a bang after 2016 Rio Games
LOS ANGELES: Olympic gymnastics champion Simone Biles made a triumphant return to competition on Saturday, winning the senior all-around crown at the US Classic in Columbus, Ohio.
"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 already looking ahead toward the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. "I'm pretty proud of myself at this point."
The 21-year-old posted the highest all-around score (58.700) by anyone in the world so far this quadrennium, along with reportedly the highest scores on the balance beam (15.200), vault (15.400) and floor exercise (14.750) this year.
Biles, who tied an Olympic record with five medals, four of them gold, at the Rio Games, hadn't competed since 2016 and she showed some signs of nerves with a fall and a few uncharacteristic wobbles.
Nevertheless, she took the senior all-around title with a total of 58.700 points.
Riley McCusker of Brielle tallied 57.500 for second, with 2017 World all-around champion Morgan Hurd rounding out the top three at 56.350.
Biles won two of the four event titles -- balance beam and floor exercise as she qualified for the US championships next month with the FIG World Championships in Doha in October.
“I’ve been struggling the most in practice here on beam, so I don’t know how it ended up being the best,” Biles said. “I wish I could re-do my routine (on bars) because I hadn’t fallen once this whole entire training time, and I really wanted to showcase bars.”