Simone Biles Triumphs at U.S. Women's World Championships Selection Camp, Secures Place on Team USA

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Simone Biles Triumphs at U.S. Women’s World Championships Selection Camp, Secures Place on Team USA

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The athlete with 25 World medals will aim to further solidify her legacy later this month at the World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Antwerp, Belgium.

It’s now official.

Renowned gymnastics sensation Simone Biles is set to return to the global stage after clinching the top spot in the all-around standings on Tuesday evening, September 19, 2023, at the U.S. Women’s World Championships Selection Event held in Katy, Texas.

Biles secured an impressive all-around total of 55.700, surpassing Shilese Jones’ score of 55.300. Skye Blakely rounded out the top three with a total of 55.000.

As a result of her remarkable all-around victory, Biles has secured her place on the U.S. team for the upcoming World Championships. Remarkably, she becomes the sole U.S. woman to qualify for six World teams. The remaining five members of Team USA will be announced following the conclusion of a second day of competition on Wednesday, September 20.

In an Instagram story post, Biles expressed her excitement by saying, “Back to where it all started, see you soon Belgium.”

Having already collected an impressive 25 medals at previous World Championships, Biles is now poised to add to her illustrious career at the upcoming World Championships in Antwerp, Belgium. It’s a significant return, considering that a decade ago in Antwerp, Biles made her debut at the Worlds, clinching all-around and floor exercise gold medals, along with vault silver and beam bronze.

Despite her victory, Biles encountered some uncharacteristic mistakes on three out of the four apparatus.

Chellsie Memmel, the 2005 world all-around champion and high performance technical lead for USA Gymnastics’ women’s program, offered her congratulations, saying, “I gave her a hug and I said, ‘Congratulations’ because, obviously, she locked her spot.” Memmel added that Biles was feeling somewhat frustrated and uncertain about the mistakes. Memmel encouraged her, saying, “Get it out here. And you know, it’s gonna be okay, like we’ll just turn the page.”

It’s worth noting that the selection event took place in the Stars Gymnastics training facility, which hosts monthly U.S. national team camps, rather than in an arena.

The audience on Thursday night was relatively small, comprising approximately 100 family members of competing gymnasts and athletes who train at Stars. Biles has thrived in front of larger audiences in the past.

Although Biles is a veteran of selection camps and events, this competition held high stakes for the 26-year-old athlete, as it marked her return to the sport in 2023. The seven-time Olympic medalist initially found herself in an unusual position near the bottom of the all-around standings after a fall during her uneven bars routine, scoring 12.850.

However, she rebounded in the second rotation with a score of 14.050 on the balance beam, despite incurring a .5 deduction for missing a composition requirement after a pause between two leaps.

During her floor exercise routine, Biles encountered difficulty, going out of bounds twice, first after the double layout half out (a move named after Biles) and then on her double layout dismount. She earned a score of 14.300, the highest score on the event for the day.

Biles concluded her day with a daring Yurchenko double pike vault, which has become her signature move. Unfortunately, she overrotated and fell onto her back, earning a score of 14.550.

In the final rotation, Shilese Jones had an opportunity to upset Biles but incurred a 1.0 deduction during her uneven bars routine when her feet touched the ground after a Pak salto.

Reference:

https://olympics.com/en/news/gymnastics-2023-u-s-women-s-world-team-selection-event-all-results-and-scores-complete-list

https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/olympics/2023/09/19/simone-biles-us-gymnastics-worlds-team-selection-updates/70902038007/

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

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