Simone Biles practices on vault for the senior women's competition at the 2019 U.S. Gymnastics Championships Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019, in Kansas City, Mo.

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Simone Biles Soars To 6th US Gymnastics Title

Tthe 22-year-old who is redefining what's possible in her sport one exhilarating routine at a time

August 12, 2019 - 10:34 am
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The choice was entirely hers. Only there really wasn't of one for Simone Biles to make.

Sure, she could have taken her triple-twisting double-flip (aka "the triple-double") out of her floor exercise routine during the final night of the U.S. women's gymnastics championships on Sunday. She surely didn't need it to assure herself of another national title.

Still, even as her coach Laurent Landi left the option up to her after the Olympic champion's bid to become the first woman to complete the triple-double in competition came up a bit short on Friday, he knew the answer.

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Spend enough time in the gym around the 22-year-old who is redefining what's possible in her sport one exhilarating routine at a time and it quickly becomes evident that sidestepping a challenge isn't really her thing.

So she threw it at the end of her first tumbling pass, fueled by adrenaline, ambition and otherworldly skill. When the dizzying combination ended with her feet firmly on the floor — if barely in bounds — the jolt through the packed arena was palpable. The smile on her face unmistakable. And the competition — just like it has been for six years and counting whenever Biles is involved — was over.