She designed her teal mint leotard to stand with sexual abuse survivors in the Larry Nassar gymnastics case, teal ribbons were worn at NCAA meets in the winter and spring. But no-one expected fellow survivor, Simone Biles, to dominate in the way she performed.
“I knew I was capable of [scoring this well], but I kind of thought I was going to be a nervous wreck and maybe fall apart,” said Biles. “Going into these events, I know I kept telling my family like I don’t know if I’m going to be able to calm myself down the way I did before and handle the nerves, but so far, so good.”
So good…all the gold medals went for Biles.
The four-time Rio Olympic gold medalist became the first woman to win all five golds at the national gymnastics championships since Dominique Dawes in 1994.
She won the all-around by 6.55 points over 2017 World all-around champion Morgan Hurd. That’s the largest margin since the perfect-10 system was thrown out in 2006. That gap is larger than that separating Hurd from the 11th-place gymnast.At 21, she is the first non-teen to win the U.S. women’s all-around since 1971.
“She’s just in another league almost,” third-place Riley McCusker said. “I’m honestly just in awe of her.”
Biles is on a five-year win streak with the only end in sight being her planned retirement after the Tokyo Olympics.
“Confidence-wise and consistency, I still think we have a ways to go to get back up to where I was in Rio, but gymnastics-wise, [better than in 2016],” Biles said. “I think I’m finally starting to get it and understand it. I’ve understood gymnastics for a while now, but I think it’s really sinking in.”
Aly Raisman, who staged her own successful comeback to make the Rio Olympics, told Biles on Saturday night that she’s not human.
Biles was asked Sunday what her international competitors must be thinking.
“Maybe that I should probably quit,” she said, and then she giggled.