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BumRushDaShow

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Sun May 19, 2024, 08:26 PM May 19

Simone Biles wins US Classic ahead of hotly-anticipated Olympics return in Paris [View all]

Source: UK Independent

9 hours ago


Simone Biles certainly looks ready for Paris with more than two months to go before the Olympic games begin. The gymnastics superstar began her bid for a third Olympic team looking as dominant as ever at the US Classic on Saturday, winning the all-around gold with a score of 59.500 – nearly two points clear of runner-up Shilese Jones.

The 27-year-old Biles, the 2016 Olympic champion, recorded the highest score on vault and floor exercise and came in second 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 said. “I can’t really complain how the first meet back was.”

She did a handful of her signature skills, including hitting the Yurchenko double pike on vault and a tumbling pass that ends with a triple-twisting double-flip. Biles completed the vault — which requires her to clasp her hands to her knees while she flips backward twice — with coach Laurent Landi watching from the side. Mr Landi had been standing on the podium to spot Biles during previous attempts, a decision that cost her a half-point neutral deduction.

Read more: https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/us-sport/simone-biles-us-classic-2024-olympics-paris-b2547575.html

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