Biles wins 9th national title ahead of Olympics

What happened

Simone Biles won her ninth national title Sunday at the U.S. Gymnastics Championship after sweeping every individual event over the two days of competition. No other gymnast has won more than seven U.S. national titles. Biles, 27, earned an all-around score of 119.750, almost six points higher than Skye Blakely’s second-place 113.850.

“Winning a national title is not supposed to look this easy,” The Washington Post said. “The pressure of an Olympic year and the otherworldly expectations that follow Biles everywhere haven’t rattled her,” but after her early exit from 2021’s Tokyo games, she will need these strong performances to conquer the stress of Paris.

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