Opinion: Another day, another record as Simone Biles wins seventh US gymnastics title

Simone Biles holding a sign: Simone Biles celebrates after competing in the vault during the U.S. Gymnastics Championships.

It’s easy to get complacent about the greatness of Simone Biles.

You didn’t need to be a gymnastics fan to know before the meet even started that she would win the U.S. championships– for a record seventh time, mind you. The Olympic trials are still three weeks away, and she can go ahead and buy her plane ticket for Tokyo now because, well, duh.

She is so much better than everyone else, be it here in the United States or abroad, that other gymnasts talk without a hint of resentment about competing in the “non-Simone division.” She finished a whopping 4.7 points ahead of Sunisa Lee on Sunday night – think Alabama and those non-conference opponents and you get the idea – and posted the highest scores on vault, balance beam and floor exercise.

On uneven bars, her “worst” event, she had the third-highest score.

“That was definitely the goal coming into this weekend’s events was to try to hit 60. So I’m really proud of myself for doing that,” Biles said, referring to her score of 60.10 in Sunday night’s competition. “I still had some mistakes and things that we need to clean up, but all is well and I’m not mad about it.”

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