Simone Biles ends Day 1 of the US Championship with a commanding overall lead

Simone Biles appeared at the 2023 US Gymnastics Championships as Simone Biles.

The four-time Olympic gold medalist and 17-time World Champion finished Day 1 of the National Championships with a commanding lead in the all-around, posting a total of 59,300 in her first round of competition.

Shilese Jones, the all-around silver medalist at the 2022 Worlds, is second in the all-around with 56.750, while 18-year-old Skye Blakely is third with 55.700.

Biles, 26, told the Peacock Show she was happy with the performance but hoped she could improve on the balance beam:

“I think the bar got off to a bit of a bumpy start at the beginning, but that’s kind of to be expected. You don’t let your nerves get in the way, and after that it went pretty smoothly. Overall I’m pretty happy with today’s competition. Gosh.” The goal for the weekend is just to hit 8v8 and then hopefully get in on Sunday and hopefully do a little more consistent bar routine.”

Biles’ accomplishments included top marks on the floor exercise (14.800), vault (15.700), and beam (not too rough a 14.450), as well as a relatively modest third place on uneven bars (14.350). She will get a chance to secure multiple titles on day two on Sunday (6:30pm ET, Peacock).

Once again, Biles landed the Yurchenko double dive, her signature skill that no other gymnast dares to attempt.

If Biles takes care of business and wins her eighth all-around title on Sunday, she will break the tie with Alfred Jochim for most national all-around titles in the United States, having previously won in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018, 2019 and 2021 .

SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA - AUGUST 25: Simone Biles competes in the floor exercise during day two of the US Gymnastics Championships at SAP Center on August 25, 2023 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Simone Biles looks as good as ever. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Biles made her long-awaited return to competition earlier this month at the US Classic, topping the all-around competition in a competition that saw many of the biggest names compete in just a few competitions. It was the first time she had competed at elite level since the 2020 Olympics, when the “Twisties” derailed her program and threatened her future.

Biles spent the next two years working on himself and still goes to therapy weekly. She didn’t confirm her status for the Paris 2024 Olympics at the Classic, but did tell Peacock she’s moving in that direction as long as the national and world championships go as planned:

“We are still in the working phase. My main goal was that and then the championship and then the world championship and then we’ll see. So far it’s going in the right direction, but I still have to do it. Work on myself. I will continue to do my therapy, I will put myself first.”

So far, so good.

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