Recovering after an unexpected performance at Saturday's U.S. Secret Classic, rising star Simone Biles told IG she is focused on a top-three finish at the upcoming U.S. championships in Hartford.
Recovering after an unexpected performance at Saturday's U.S. Secret Classic, rising star Simone Biles told IG on Wednesday she is focused on a top-three finish at the upcoming U.S. championships in Hartford.
The first-year senior struggled at the U.S. Classic, with missed routines on uneven bars (fall on Tkatchev), balance beam (missed mount) and floor exercise (fall on full-in). After a shaky warm-up on vault, she decided not to compete her final event.
"We just decided it would be best if I didn't do vault, just because I wasn't having a good meet and also because on floor I hurt my ankle just a little bit," she explained.
Biles, who tweaked her foot on her full-in dismount on floor, said there was no serious injury that should affect her performance in Hartford.
"It's doing a lot better," she explained. "I just have bone spurs in the top of my ankle and I kind of just drove it into my tibia. That's what the doctor said."
At the 2012 U.S. Championships, Biles won the all-around bronze medal and the gold medal on vault. In 2013, she burst onto the senior scene with a breakout performance at the AT&T American Cup in March, where she finished second all-around to Katelyn Ohashi. She followed that up with a win at the City of Jesolo Trophy in Italy and second place to teammate Kyla Ross at a tri-meet against Germany and Romania in Chemnitz.
Biles, who turned 16 in March, said she is not feeling too much pressure now that the U.S. and world championships are on the horizon.
"Just a little bit — probably just from myself," she siad.
Biles, who trains under coaches Aimee Boorman and Luis Brasesco in Houston, said she is sure of her goals for the P&G U.S. Championships, Aug. 15-18 in Hartford.
"Just to hit all four events — top three [all-around] and make the national team again," she said.
At the Classic, Biles successfully debuted a double layout-half out on floor exercise as her second pass. Biles is hoping the skill will be named after her if she lands it at the 2013 World Championships, Sept. 30-Oct. 6 in Antwerp.
"I think it would be really cool to have [the Biles]," she said.
Biles has tumbled a triple-twisting double back on the rod floor, but said she has no plans for competing the skill. Only a few men have attempted a triple-double in competition.
"I don't know if I'll ever compete it, but it was just something cool to try!" she said.