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Simone Biles dominates the field during the US Classic ahead of the Olympic Games in Paris this summer

Simone Biles won the US Classic in Connecticut on Saturday evening. (Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images)

Simone Biles’ road to Paris starts well.

Biles made her season debut Saturday night at the US Classic at the XL Center in Hartford, Connecticut, and she wasted no time dominating the field. She won the all-around title with 59.5 points, which was her highest all-around score since the 2021 Tokyo Olympics. Her score was also almost two full points ahead of runner-up Shilese Jones.

Biles had few problems during the events during the competition. She completed the Yurchenko double pike, a move that now bears her name and is widely considered the most difficult, on the vault, earning a 15.600. That was the highest score of the night anywhere.

Biles placed second on beam and won the floor event with a score of 14.800. She also finished strong through the uneven bars, finishing alone behind Jones. Suni Lee defeated Biles on beam.

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Biles was also one of eight medalists at the Olympics and World Championships, including Lee and Gabby Douglas, although Douglas withdrew from competition after struggling on the uneven bars in her first rotation. Lee only competed on vault, beam and floor. Fellow Tokyo Olympians Jordan Chiles and Jade Carey also finished in third and fourth place at the event.

Biles has not competed since October, when she led Team USA to the team title at the 2023 World Gymnastics Championships in Belgium. Biles competed in every apparatus in that competition as she collected her twentieth gold medal and seventh consecutive for the United States at world championships. She also won a historic eighth all-around title at the U.S. Championships last year, making her the first gymnast, male or female, to win eight all-around national titles. She also achieved this at the age of 26, making her the oldest woman to do so.

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That, of course, earned Biles the Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year award last year. She defeated former Iowa Hawkeyes basketball star Caitlin Clark and Spanish soccer star and Ballon d’Or winner Aitana Bonmati in the voting.

Biles has made it clear that she will compete in the Olympic Games in Paris later this summer, where she will surely be one of the most followed athletes as the sporting world sweeps France. It will be her first Olympics since experiencing the twisties at the 2020 Games in Tokyo, which left her largely out of competition in Japan. But so far everything seems to be going well for Biles in the run-up to Paris.

The Olympic Trials are scheduled for June 27-30 in Minneapolis, about a month before the Olympics start.

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