Simone Biles wins record for seventh national women’s all-around title

Simone Biles teaches us how to excel despite setbacks (like the pandemic).  The new tricks she's unleashed since her Olympic gold medals help prove it

Quadruple Olympic gold medalist Biles, who is expected to be the linchpin of the United States women’s gymnastics team for this summer’s Tokyo Olympics, won with a score of 119.650, or 4.7 points d ahead of finalist Sunisa Lee.

Biles’ teammate Jordan Chiles was third with a score of 114.450.

“I feel like I tried to take advantage of it because it could be one of my last championships that I will participate in,” said Biles. “But it’s also the road to Tokyo, and after that we have some testing, so we just have to really take advantage of the moment.”

Biles’ seven titles are the most awarded by any American woman.

Sunisa Lee, left, Simone Biles and Jordan Chiles, right, step onto their respective podiums after finishing in the top three following the U.S. Gymnastics Championships Sunday, June 6, 2021 in Fort Worth, Texas.

While the 24-year-old can win competitions without inventing new skills, she often pushes herself harder with mind-blowing stuff that the world has never seen before. She debuted with so many daredevils, she now has four skills officially named after her.

After the 2020 Olympics postponed due to the pandemic, Biles trained harder and tested more skills, like a double-layout, double-tuck.

The US Olympic Team Trials will take place June 24-27 in St. Louis. The Tokyo Olympics are scheduled to begin in late July, unless postponed or further canceled.

“I feel like every championship stands out for a different reason, but this one stands out specifically because it’s the road to Tokyo,” Biles said. “We came here and we did what we had to do.”

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