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Simone Biles Secures Record Sixth World Gymnastics Championships Team Spot

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In a remarkable achievement, Simone Biles has clinched her place on the U.S. world championships gymnastics team for a record sixth time, making her the oldest American woman to compete at the world championships in over half a century. At the age of 26, Biles continues to defy expectations and set new milestones in her illustrious gymnastics career.

Biles earned her spot on the team after delivering a stellar performance at the USA Gymnastics world team selection camp held in Katy, Texas. Despite facing tough competition, she emerged victorious with a total score of 55.7 points. Biles’ closest rival, Shilese Jones, finished four tenths behind her in the rankings.

Biles’ journey to securing her spot on the world championships team was not without its challenges. She faced an unexpected fall during her uneven bars routine, and in her final routine, the Yurchenko double pike vault, she had to deal with the difficulty of controlling her momentum, resulting in a fall. However, her incredible skills and determination shone through, allowing her to maintain her lead.

It’s worth noting that Biles’ scores on the balance beam and floor exercise were slightly lower than what she achieved during her eighth U.S. all-around title win just last month. Nevertheless, her overall performance at the selection camp underscored her status as one of the greatest gymnasts of all time.

Biles’ previous all-around performances included totals of 59.3 and 59.15 at August’s national championships, along with a 59.1 at an earlier August meet. These scores rank as the top three all-around scores in the world since the Tokyo Olympics, as reported by the Gymternet.

Shilese Jones, the 2022 World all-around silver medalist, put up a valiant effort and came close to outscoring Biles in a one-day all-around competition, a feat achieved by only one other gymnast in the last decade—Suni Lee during the Tokyo Olympic Trials. However, Jones fell short in her final routine, scoring 13.5 on Tuesday, whereas she had achieved scores of 14.9 and 15 in the uneven bars during last month’s nationals.

The remaining spots on the U.S. world championships team will be determined by a committee and will be announced following a second day of camp competition on Wednesday night. Out of the six selected team members, one will be designated as an alternate closer to the start of the world championships scheduled for October 1 in Antwerp, Belgium.

Simone Biles’ inclusion on this world championships team is historic in more ways than one. Not only did she recently become the oldest U.S. women’s all-around champion in modern history, but she is also now the oldest American gymnast to make a world team since records began in 1970. The last gymnast to achieve this feat was Doris Fuchs Brause, who competed at the 1966 Worlds at the age of 28.

With her participation in a sixth world championships, Biles is poised to break her tie with other American gymnasts who share the record for the most world championships appearances. This prestigious group includes Dominique Dawes, Shannon Miller, Kerri Strug, Jonathan Horton, Danell Leyva, Sam Mikulak, Alex Naddour, John Roethlisberger, and Donnell Whittenburg.

As the world eagerly anticipates the upcoming world championships, other gymnasts vying for a spot on the team include the five members of the 2022 World roster: Shilese Jones, Tokyo Olympic medalists Jade Carey and Jordan Chiles, and Leanne Wong and Skye Blakely. Simone Biles’ continued excellence and remarkable journey in gymnastics serve as an inspiration to athletes and fans worldwide, cementing her legacy as one of the sport’s true icons.

Reference:

https://www.nbcsports.com/olympics/news/simone-biles-gymnastics-world-championships-team-roster-selection-camp

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