Spring's Simone Biles wins fifth U.S. gymnastics title


Simone Biles of Spring made gymnastics history yesterday, winning her fifth title at the U.S. Gymnastics Championships in Boston and becoming the first woman in 24 years to be awarded the top score in every single event of a national championship.

The 21-year-old Olympic champion wore a teal leotard she designed, meant to honor survivors of sexual abuse, a group that includes Biles, who was among the victims of former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar.

Biles is the second woman to win nationals five times, joining Clara Schroth Lomady, who won six between 1945 and 1952. Biles also became the first woman since three-time Olympian Dominique Dawes in 1994 to wind up first on floor exercise, balance beam, vault and uneven bars.

Biles will get a chance to add to her 14 world championship medals when she leads Team USA to Qatar in October.


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