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Biles Wins AA And All Four Events At USAs In Boston
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Simone Biles, coached by Laurent and Cecile Landi at World Champions Centre, won her fifth national title at the TD Garden Center in Boston, held from August 16-19. She broke Joan Moore Gnat's record of four national titles (1971-74).

She also won every event. The last time a gymnast won the all-around and all four events was in 1994, when Dominique Dawes accomplished that rare feat.

Her first event was uneven bars, where she performed a Shaposhnikova, counter swing to Tkatchev. She also did a Maloney-half and a clean tucked double-double dismount.

Biles only mistake was a wonky wolf turn on beam, but otherwise she made her incredible gymnastics look easy. The rest of her routine was solid and she almost stuck her tucked full-in.

She mounted floor exercise with double-twisting double layout, but she takes off without twisting and then wraps a quick double twist. Like she did on Friday, she bounced out of bounds on her stag jump following her Biles.

Her last event was vault and she did a roundoff half-on, layout rudi (Cheng) and a 21/2-twisting Yurchenko (Amanar). Both vaults were clean, high and traveled well past the table.

"It feels really special (winning a fifth national title)," said Biles, whose teal leotard was in honor of the survivors. Asked what grade she would give her performance, she said "I'd give it a B-plus." Yikes!

Morgan Hurd (First State Gymnastics) hit all eight routines over the two days, and maintained her second place finish from Friday.

Her vault was a double-twisting Yurchenko with a big hop backward. On bars she performed deep inside-Stalders, a Ricna to Pak salto and a full-twisting double back that was close the bar. On beam she hit her full-twisting back tuck, flip-flop layout layout and performed a roundoff double pike instead of the full-in she's capable of.

”I definitely think my execution could have been a little bit better, basically everywhere,” said Hurd, who is coached by Slava Glazunov, who was Coach of the Year. (Hurd was named Athlete of the Year). “But I’m really happy because I felt like I hit eight for eight.”

Coached by Maggie Haney at MG Elite, Riley McCusker also hit all eight routines, but her highlight was definitely bars. (She lost to Biles by 0.10 on bars.) She performed a Ricna to Pak salto to Stalder-half to the top bar. She also stuck her tucked barani-out from elgrips.

”I’m really proud from how far I’ve come from last year,” said McCusker, who received Sportswoman of the Year honors. “I feel like day one was like shaking off some nerves and getting into it. Tonight I wasn’t as nervous as day one.”

Grace McCallum (Twin City Twisters) placed fourth and had a great meet. She mounted beam with a smooth triple wolf turn followed by a double wolf turn. She performed a side aerial to layout and a roundoff double tuck dismount. On floor she stuck her tucked double-double as well as the next two passes.

For full results, click here.

Defending champion Ragan Smith (Texas Dreams) had another off night with a fall on a Jaeger on bars and, on floor, she touched down on an underrotated triple twist. She finished in 10th place.

Read the full story in the September issue of International Gymnast. To subscribe to the print and/or digital edition or to order back issues of International Gymnast, click here.

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