Simon Biles is back!
The Olympian returned to gymnastics after being away for 711-days. Biles made her first appearance back at the U.S. Classic and won after scoring a 15.2 on the balance beam.
Biles found herself in second place heading into the final rotation trailing Riley McCusker by four-tenths of a point. This made Biles unhappy and the thought of losing a meet for the first time in five years gave the Olympian the motivation she needed to win.
“I guess in that moment, I enjoyed being [ticked] off, yeah,” Biles, 21, said with a laugh.
The 15.2 beam score boosted Biles to an all-around score of 58.700, more than a point ahead of Riley McCusker and more than two points clear of reigning world champion Morgan Hurd. Simone last competed back in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, where she won five medals, including four gold.
“There’s still a lot to work on — work on the nerves, work on the consistency, work on the landings — but for this point, at this time in the year, I think we’re in a pretty good place,” Biles said.