Olympic champion Simone Biles continued her comeback in fine fashion winning her fifth US Women’s Gymnastics Championships all-around title.
Her achievement makes Biles only the second woman to win nationals five times, joining Clara Schroth Lomady, who won six between 1945 and 1952. Biles also became the first woman since three-time Olympian Dominique Dawes in 1994 to finish first on floor exercise, balance beam, vault and uneven bars.
Her performances over the course of the weekend showed that Biles is in a league of her own. With a two-day total of 119.850, Biles ended up more than six points ahead of reigning world champion Morgan Hurd and a full seven points clear of Riley McCusker on the leaderboard who finishes with a total of 112.750.
Making a statement
In her runaway victory, Simone Biles also made a statement in a different way. The U.S gymnast wore a leotard in a light shade of teal, the colour chosen for the survivors of sexual abuse, a group that includes Biles. Former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar was sentenced earlier this year to 175 years after pleading guilty to criminal sexual conduct.
After winning her all-around title Biles told ESPN, “[The colour] is for the survivors,” “I stand with all of them, and I think it’s kind of special to unite.”