Simone Biles won the women’s all-around with 119.65 points Sunday at the U.S. Gymnastics Championship in Fort Wo*th, Texas. The four-time Olympic gold medal winner reminded the audience, and the world, why she’s the GOAT when she captured her seventh U.S. title. She currently holds 25 World Championship medals, 19 of which are gold, and has won every senior national championship she’s entered since 2013.
She is the most decorated person in gymnastics history. “It’s really emotional, especially going into my second time doing an Olympic run,” Biles told NBCSN. “It’s really cra-zy.”
Biles previously ti-ed for six titles with Clara Schroth Lomady, who competed between 1945 and 1952 when the Amateur Athletic Union was the sport’s national governing body. She is currently ti-ed with Alfred Jochim, who won between 1925 and 1933, for most by titles won by any American.
The 24-year-old phenom received the high-est combined scores on beam, floor exercise, and vault; this is the fourth time she has won three or more event titles at nationals.
“I feel like every single championship stands out for a different reason, but this one stands out specifically because it’s the road to Tokyo,” Biles told reporters.
During her floor routine, Biles used a song from “Fast and Furi-ous: Tokyo Drift” and showcasing her moves with a never-been-done-before maneuver dubbed “The Biles.”
Biles’ teammates Jordan Chiles and Sunisa Lee came in third and as runner-up, respectively.
“I feel like I did try to enjoy it because it could be one of my last championships that I’ll attend,” Biles said. “But it’s also the road to Tokyo, and after this, we have trials, so we just have to really em*race the moment.”
The gymnast has been making history in her most recent competitions, pulli*g off the infamously dan*ero!s and diffic-ult Yurchenko double pike at the U.S. Classic two weeks ago. However, the judges penalized her for pulling off the impossible.
“They’re both too low, and they even know it,” Biles told reporters. “But they don’t want the field to be too far apart. And that’s just something that’s on them. That’s not on me. They had an open-ended code of points, and now they’re mad that people are too far ahead and excelling.”
She continues to defend her ability to do what others can’t – perform the double pike Yurchenko. When asked if she’d still do the move, she qui-ckly told reporters, “Because I can.”
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After stunnin*ly conquering the U.S. Championships, Biles and her teammates will set their sights on the Olympic Trials, which take place later this month.
From June 24-27 in St. Louis, Missouri, athletes will compete until four are chosen for the team event in Tokyo, with a fifth coming in solely as an individual. The games begin on July 23 in Tokyo after being rescheduled due to the COVID-19 pandem!c.