Simone Biles returns to gymnastics ahead of the Olympics and proves she’s as dominant as ever as she beats the rest of the American field to win the US Classic

Simone Biles definitely looks like she’s ready for Paris, with the Olympics just over two months away.

The gymnastics superstar began his quest for a third Olympic team at the US Classic on Saturday looking as dominant as ever, posting a total score of 59.500, nearly two points ahead of runner-up Shiles Jones.

The 27-year-old Biles, the 2016 Olympic champion, posted top scores on vault and floor and tied for second on bars and beam in her 2024 debut.

«I was just happy to get back out there, get those nerves again, feel that adrenaline,» Biles said. ‘

«I can’t really complain about how the first meeting was,» Biles added.

Biles may have taken gymnastics time, but she showed no competition rust

Biles has been dominant in her return to the sport about two months out from the Olympics

Biles has been dominant in her return to the sport about two months out from the Olympics

She did some of her signature skills, including hitting Yurchenko with a double pike on vault and a tumbling pass that ends with a triple spin double flip.

Biles completed the jump — which requires her to clasp her hands at the knees and flip backwards twice — with coach Laurent Landi watching from the sidelines. Landi stood on the podium to spot Biles on previous attempts, costing her a half-point neutral deduction.

While Biles wasn’t perfect — she took a few big steps back on a dismount from a vault and got so much air on a triple-double that she landed out of bounds — her blend of difficulty and precision remains a standard in the sport.

Biles is a virtual lock to make the five-member US Olympic team if she stays healthy. The big question to be answered in the next six weeks is who will join her in France.

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Jones was great on bars and consistent everywhere else, and should be confident heading into the U.S. Championships later this month and the Olympic Trials in late June.

After that, things get dark.

Gabby Douglas, the 2012 Olympic champion, hoped to use the US Classic as a springboard. Instead, he leaves with questions about the journey ahead.

The 28-year-old, who returned after an extended layoff following the 2016 Olympics, fell twice on the uneven bars and dropped out of the four remaining events.

Suni Lee, who won the Olympic title at the 2020 Tokyo Games, has been dealing with kidney problems for the past 18 months, which have hampered her training. Competing in three events, her elegant beam routine earned her a 14.600, a touch ahead of Biles’ 14.550.

Jordan Chiles, the 2020 Olympic silver medalist, finished third in the all-around with a 55.450. Fourth was Jade Carey, who won gold on floor in Tokyo.

Konnor McClain, the 2022 U.S. champion, retired from the competition with an Achilles injury sustained while warming up on the floor.

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