Simone Biles qualified for her third Olympics after dominating the U.S. Olympic gymnastics trials

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Simone Biles competes in the floor exercise during day four of the 2024 U.S. Olympic Team Gymnastics Trials at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota on June 30.



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Defending world champion Simone Biles is the fourth American female gymnast to win the title to compete in three Olympic events after finishing first in the all-around competition at the 2024 U.S. Olympic gymnastics trials on Sunday in Minneapolis.

The four-time Olympic gold medalist finished with a score of 117.225. Suni Lee was second with a score of 111.675 and Jordan Chiles was third with a score of 111.425.

Biles opened her night on vault, posting a score of 15.500. He performed one of his signature moves – the Yurchenko double pike.

The second rotation of the night — uneven bars — showed Biles’ consistency, as she finished with a score of 14.200.

Just like on a competition night, Piles was shaky on beam — her third rotation. Biles scored a 13.900.

In the final rotation of the night, Biles performed a stunning floor routine that led to applause from the audience at Target Center, including her husband Jonathan Owens, an NFL player for the Chicago Bears. She scored 14.725 to confirm her victory in the competition.

Biles, 27, became the most decorated gymnast at last year’s world championships, earning an automatic spot on the team after finishing first.

At the 2021 Tokyo Games, Biles experienced an event known as “the twisties” — a mental block in which gymnasts monitor their physical condition — and later withdrew from several events.

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She returned to gymnastics competitively last year following an extended break from the sport to prioritize her mental health.

The 27-year-old has been in fine form this year, extending his streak to a ninth title at the US Championships earlier this month.

She entered the trials as a strong favorite to win the all-around competition — which earned her an automatic spot on the U.S. team for the Paris Olympics — and topped Jordan Chiles and Suni Lee after the first day of the women’s event on Friday. .

In Paris, Biles’ first chance to add to her seven Olympic medals is the women’s team final on July 30, two days before the all-around final.

The men’s competition concluded on Saturday, with Asher Hong, Stephen Nedorozic, Frederic Richard, Brady Malone and Paul Juda selected for the team. Coy Young and Shane Viscus were named as traveling replacements.

The Olympic Games will be held from July 26 to August 11.

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