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Simone Biles Shatters Records in Momentous Return to Gymnastics

Simone Biles Shatters Records in Momentous Return to Gymnastics
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Against all odds, the world-class athlete has returned to the world of gymnastics with her best performance yet.

Through all of the hardships Simone Biles has faced in her career, the world-class athlete continues to make history as one of the greatest gymnasts of all time.

On Sunday night, Biles won the U.S. Gymnastics Championships for a record-breaking eighth time, making a momentous comeback from her two-year hiatus.

Simone Biles Wins 2023

The new record of eight titles won on a national level is a once-in-a-lifetime achievement — the previous national record of seven titles was made by gymnast Al Jochim 90 years ago.

“It feels really special,” Biles told NBC. “I’ve been doing it for so long, I feel like I don’t think about numbers, I think about my performance. And I think, overall, I hit eight for eight. I guess it’s a lucky number this year.”

Biles is tied with Shannon Miller at 7 Olympic medals, the most won by any American gymnast. And she's won an astounding 26 Gymnastics World Championship Medals, too. Sunday's record-setting performance in San Jose proved that Biles is back, better than ever.

"That was the best floor routine I've ever seen her do," her coach, Laurent Landi, told ESPN.

In addition to being the nation's most decorated gymnast, the 26-year-old athlete is also the oldest competitor to win the U.S. Gymnastics Championships.

"I just, seriously, can't believe I'm out here competing again," Biles said. "I'm proud of myself for that."

Two years ago, Biles withdrew from the Tokyo Olympics to prioritize her personal well being. Her advocacy for athletes' mental health and safety — especially for those who endured years of abuse — earned her widespread recognition, and she became the youngest person ever to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2022.

When asked about whether she plans to attend next year's Paris Olympics, Biles told NBC that she likes to keep her goals personal.

“I’m trying to move a little bit differently this year than I have in the past. So I think it’s working so far, so I’m gonna keep it a little bit secretive.”

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