Simone Biles has made history again after winning the U.S. national all-around title Sunday at the U.S. Gymnastics Championships.
She is the only woman to win five national all-around titles, and the previous four were consecutive titles from 2013 through 2016, Sports Illustrated reported.
Biles had not competed for 23 months, and Sunday’s meet was her second competition since the Olympic Games Rio 2016, Team USA reported.
She is also the oldest women’s all-around champion in more than 4 decades. Biles is 21. Linda Metheny Mulvihill was the oldest in 1971 to take the title, tying Joan Moore Gnat, who was 16 at the time, for the championship 47 years ago, according to Team USA.
Biles wore a teal bodysuit for the competition. The suit had a message, as teal is the color of sexual abuse survivors, USA Today reported. She wore it to honor the hundreds of women who former USA Gymnastics and Michigan State physician, Larry Nassar, abused, USA Today reported. Biles, along with Final Five teammates Aly Raisman, Gabby Douglas and Madison Kocian, said she was among Nasser’s victims.
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