Simone Biles Makes History After Winning 8th All-Around Titles at U.S. Championships

Simone Biles broke a 90-year record by winning her eight all-around title at the US Gymnastics Championships on Sunday. Biles’ victory comes just weeks after she returned to the competition after taking a vacation to focus on her mental health.

The four-time Olympic champion’s floor routine received a 15.400, giving her an overall total of 118.450, four points ahead of runner-up Shilese Jones. Leanne Wong, the 2021 World all-around silver medalist, finished third, scoring 111.100 for the bronze medal.

“It’s really amazing. Everybody in here believes in me, and my teammates believe in me, my coaches, my family, everyone,” Biles told NBC. “So, I just need to start believing in myself a little bit more. But it feels amazing. And I love the fans, I love the crowd. It’s really special.”

Biles has now surpassed Alfred Jochim, who won his eighth US title in 1933. After becoming US all-around champion in 2013, the 26-year-old matched Jochim’s record in 2021.

Biles made her debut at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, where she won four gold medals and a bronze medal. She has now made a reputation for herself and received numerous accolades along the road, making her a role model for aspiring gymnasts. The African-American gymnast, the most decorated in history, represented the United States at the Tokyo Olympics.

Biles took a two-year hiatus after battling with the “twisties,” a gymnastics word for an athlete having a mental block in mid-air that makes it impossible to finish a move. She withdrew from the women’s team final and four consecutive individual finals.

She is expected to compete in the World Championships in Antwerp from September 30 to October 8, but it is unknown whether she will compete in the Olympics in Paris next year.

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