“Seven For Simone Biles”
Simone Biles the 24-year old gymnastics superstar, captured her record seventh U.S title on Sunday in Ft. Worth Texas, delivering another stunning performance in which she displayed all of the characteristics that make her an all-time icon in the history of American athletics; endurance, confidence, perseverance, and resilience.
Biles, in true “GOAT” fashion, shook off a sloppy start on Friday, at least by her impeccable standards. Biles put on a four-rotation showcase that highlighted a GOAT emblem — a nod to her status as the Greatest Of All Time, which she unquestionably is, has become a fixture on her competition leotard.
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Her two-day total of 119.650 was nearly five points better than runner-up Sunisa Lee and good friend and teammate Jordan Chiles. Biles’ all-around score on Sunday of 60.100 was her highest since 2018 and served notice that she is only getting better with the Tokyo Games less than seven weeks away.
She struggled to stay in bounds on Friday and blamed it on the rush she gets when the lights are on and the crowd is in the palm of her hands. But in typical Biles fashion, she fixed those errors and was much more precise in the Finals.
Has one athlete ever been this far ahead of the competition?
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“It’s so crazy because in training I never go out of bounds, and I never have this much power,” Biles said. “But with the adrenaline, that’s where it comes from.”
While her victory was never really in doubt, it rarely has been during her eight-year reign atop the sport, she remains in no mood to coast.
What’s scary is she didn’t even bother to use her latest innovation, a Yurchenko double-pike vault she drilled twice at the U.S. Classic last month, garnering her further attention from the likes of LeBron James to former First Lady Michelle Obama.
Biles has been a lock for Tokyo from the moment she returned to training in 2017.
Now it’s on to Tokyo to conquer more history and become the first woman to win back-to-back Olympic championships in 50 years.