Simone Biles, a national and global gymnastics champion, makes history yet again with her seventh national title at the US Gymnastics Championships in Fort Worth, Texas on Sunday.
Biles won her title with a score of 119.650, four points more than the runner-up Sunisa Lee. Seven titles are the most any woman has won in the US championships.
Biles, a four-time Olympic gold medalist, is expected to be the keystone for the US team in this summer’s Tokyo Olympics.
“I feel like I did try to enjoy it because it could be one of my last championships that I’ll attend,” said Biles to CNN. “But it’s also the road to Tokyo, and after this we have trials, so we just have to really embrace the moment.”
While Biles is skilled enough to win without introducing new moves, she is constantly raising the standard by inventing daring and often dangerous moves. But those moves are what made Biles a fearsome name in gymnastics. She now has four skills officially named after her.
Though the Tokyo Olympics were postponed in 2020 due to the pandemic, Japanese officials confirm that the Olympics will not be cancelled under any circumstances. The Tokyo Olympics start in late July.
“I feel like every single championship stands out for a different reason, but this one stands out because it’s the road to Tokyo,” said Biles. “We came out here and we did what we were supposed to do.”