Simone Biles makes mistakes, still wins first competition in nearly two years


Simone Biles was not perfect. In her first competition in nearly two years, the Olympic champion made mistakes and showed some rust after a year away from gymnastics.

But she’s still Simone Biles, which means a night with uncharacteristic bobbles and a fall still kept her atop the leaderboard.

Biles won the U.S. Classic at the Schottenstein Center on Saturday, scoring a 58.700 in a testament to how much more difficult her routines are than her competition. Even without perfect execution, she posted the highest scores in the world this year on floor (14.750), vault (15.400), balance beam (15.200) and the all-around.

“I think right now we’re at a good place and there’s still a lot to work on – work on the nerves, work on the consistency, work on the landings – but for this point, at this time in the year, I think we’re in a pretty good place,” Biles said.

Biles’ best-of-2018 scores, which are tracked by the gymnastics blog, came despite a step out of bounds on floor, a less-than-clean landing on vault and a fall on bars.

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