Simone Biles, 21, swept all five titles at the 2018 national championships at Boston’s TD Garden on Friday and Sunday, reports NBC News. In only her second meet since the Rio Olympics in 2016, the gymnast won gold on uneven bars, on vault, in floor, on balance beam and in the all-around.
The five-time Olympic medalist is the first non-teen to win the U.S. all-around in more than 40 years. She is also the only female gymnast to place first in all the titles at the national championship since Dominique Dawes in 1994.
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Biles won her record-breaking fifth U.S. women’s gymnast title wearing a teal leotard in recognition of sexual abuse survivors. She was one of the gymnasts abused by the former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar, more than 100 of his victims accepted the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at this year’s ESPYs.
She won the all-around by 6.55 points, the most significant margin since 2006, over former champion Morgan Hurd.
“I knew I was capable of [scoring this well], but I kind of thought I was going to be a nervous wreck and maybe fall apart,” Biles said. “Going into these events, I know I kept telling my family like I don’t know if I’m going to be able to calm myself down the way I did before and handle the nerves, but so far, so good.”
Since 2013, the 21-year-old has won 10 World Championship medals.
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