BY CHRÖS MCDOUGALL | JUNE 26, 2016, 11:34 P.M. (ET)
ST. LOUIS — Simone Biles’ cruised through the U.S. championships this weekend on her express ticket to Rio de Janeiro.
The three-time defending U.S. all-around gymnastics champion easily won a fourth on Sunday. Her score of 125 points outpaced second-place Aly Raisman by 3.9 points. Laurie Hernandez, Gabby Douglas and Madison Kocian rounded out the top five.
Biles, the 4-foot-8 phenom, also posted the top scores over two nights of competition in the balance beam, floor exercise and vault. She now has 11 national titles since joining the senior level in 2013.
Biles, who was named USA Gymnastics Athlete of the Year after Sunday’s competition, became the first woman to win four U.S. all-around titles in a row since Joan Moore Gnat in 1971-74.
Next up the top U.S. women move on to the U.S. Olympic Team Trials on July 8 and 10 in San Jose, California. It will effectively be a competition to determine which four gymnasts join Biles at the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic Games that begin in August.
The Spring, Texas, native has outpaced not just her U.S. counterparts but all of gymnastics over the past three years. (Read complete story on teamusa.org)